Common Roots


Common Roots: Maja Mesiæ, Rubber Rug, Photo: Sofia Design Week

Design Museum, Holon, Israel
The identity of Central European design is as complex and ambiguous as the identity of the region itself. Over the past century, this part of the world has experienced the rise and fall of radically different political orders, while its borders have been repeatedly redrawn. In this historical context, design cannot be examined in terms of national categories, but in relation to the identities of individual designers and to the experiences and cultural affiliations that characterise the region as a whole. Revealed are the designers' stories, shaped by remarkable similarities and simultaneous developments. Despite their linguistic and national differences, they attempt to come to terms with the same past historical events.