Book premiere »GDR Daily Life in 200 Objects«

Objects of everyday life and consumption were used for a long time and frequently repaired in the GDR. In contrast to today’s »throw-away society«, the GDR could be called a »society of keepers«.


These legacies are preserved in the DDR Museum’s collection. Together with our latest publication »GDR daily life in 200 objects«, the objects presented here present a cross-section from our museum storehouse. Behind each of these everyday objects lies a personal story in addition to the creative work of the designers.

The sometimes-inconspicuous objects – from the K 109 coffee machine to the refrigerator to the mantlepiece clock – provide an insight into the everyday life of the people of the vanished state. An everyday life that moved between the state party’s claim to omnipotence and a little bit of private happiness.



Eric Strohmeier-Wimmer, Head of Collection DDR Museum, Berlin

Günter Höhne, Publicist DDR Design, Berlin



Sören Marotz, Exhibition Manager DDR Museum, Berlin

Cover book »GDR Daily Life in 200 Objects« from DDR Museum publishing house

Wednesday, 10 May 2023 at 6 pm

Konferenzraum DDR Museum
Sankt Wolfgang-Str. 2
10178 Berlin

You can see the location here.