When archeologists in a thousand years will find remains of a wall unit they can assign the find immediately. Maybe they will refer to the wall unit culture, how we refer to the Funnel Beaker Culture or the Corded Ware, of which we don’t know more than the earthenware.
The meaning of the “Karat” wall unit
The wall unit became in any case besides the Trabi and the smock already a kind of index fossil by which the associative mapping for the DDR takes place. Even though the wall units, that seem so stuffy today, were a high modern idea in the fifties. The idea was already developed in the context of the Bauhaus and had international economic. The appartment should be clean out for a long term. This means, away with the heavy and rich decorated furniture of the bourgeois era. A new era needed a new living culture. The furniture programs should be flexible, practical, space-saving, easy to clean and inexpensive. The wall unit “Karat” satisfied all these requirements.
(Translation: Valerie Holbein)