Mats Theselius

Krasnyj Ugol. Russian everyday objects as pure design.

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When Mats Theselius exhibits at Färgfabriken, he doesn’t show his own design, but his collection of Russian, or rather Soviet, everyday objects: toys, technology, lamps, books – everything mixed. The objects are the result of the often peculiar design produced behind the Iron curtain, design that is now disappearing. A flight engineer could be assigned to work with toy design during a few months in a centralized production line. Is this Mats Theselius idea of good design? How do the results differ between the things produced in a centralized production line like the Soviet one, and a competition based western model?

The exhibition is shown as a parallel to Interpol – a big exhibition based on a global network from Stockholm to Moscow. Together, this focus on the Russian makes for a good starting point for a discussion about design and setting, east and west.

2 feb 1996 – 17 mar 1996