What Soviet-Era Design Reveals About The Cold War

Book cover for Made In Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design. Cover shows a very ugly doll.
Credit Rizzoli

Michael Idov has a soft spot for Soviet-era design. The puppets, tape recorders and architecture may be awkward -- they may even have a certain ugliness -- but they reveal something about the Soviets: Sputnik was not enough. The Russians also needed toys.

Hear Idov talk about the unsung icons of Soviet design.

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