VNIITE - Discovering Utopia: Lost Archives of Soviet Design




Formed in Soviet Russia in 1962, by the design visionary Yuri Soloviev, this vast network – The ‘Vniitians’, as they were called – designed for the future and developed new theories and approaches to design in the USSR. But today the organization is all but forgotten. It’s hard to fathom how such an institution, dedicated to the promotion of utopian design, in theory and in practice, and the improvement of design standards within the Soviet Union, could have faded so far from view. Thanks to the efforts of the Moscow Design Museum – and the discovery of the personal archives of some of the VNIITE designers – the story of this remarkable organization is being pieced back together.

The book includes images of sketches, models and prototypes, as well as a selection of covers of the VNIITE’s monthly journal, Technical Aesthetics. As the designer Paula Scher notes, the work offers a balance between ‘the communist desire for a perfectly-designed world against the real world of human competitiveness and inequality’.

Designer: Spin
Publisher: Unit Editions
Language: English
Size: 9.4 × 6.7" / 240 × 170 mm 
Pages: 224
Publication: 2018 
Binding: Hardcover