Let’s dive into the image
Your task is to learn how to create hints and half-hints with the help of well-chosen details. Indeed, as practice shows, it is not the direct “quotes” that seem much more spectacular, but the allusions. And the main features of the past of Soviet design today have become obvious (including international) trends.
Tip: use the obvious references to the Soviet era – do it carefully and carefully. Otherwise, your story will turn completely into decorative kitsch. Which is fine for a stylized restaurant, but not quite suitable for a residential setting.
The small size is not a cause for sadness
Yes, it is in small apartments that the Soviet style will come in handy.
Houses with small apartments built according to the principles of Le Corbusier, among the Soviets called “Khrushchyovka”, became the most massive Soviet buildings in the middle of the last century. At the time, small apartments were an excellent alternative to common apartments and the dream of almost all Soviet citizens. By the way, one of the founders of panel construction in the USSR was the architect Vitaly Lagutenko.
At that time, the idea of a single living space was very popular: a living room combined with a dining room and a kitchen, or even a laundry area (hence not only the idea of common but also the saving of window openings: in one space there was enough sunlight for each corner apartment). Le Corbusier’s principles were followed not only in the architecture, but also in the internal layout of the houses.
By the way, today some foreign designers are actively using this method of organizing space in hotels, placing open bathrooms next to the bed, not far from a small desk and near the bar area. And I have to say it works well. Both visually and functionally.
Choose furniture with meaning
Interior items in the spirit of typical Soviet apartments, perhaps, do not evoke pleasant romantic associations, but in vain. Advanced designers have long been noticed in the hunt for rarities of those times.
High-quality furniture, especially from the pre-war period, can be easily updated: the wooden parts can be carefully plastered and covered with stains and varnishes, and instead of crumbling fabrics, new fabrics can be used (many well-known textile brands have recently beautiful collections of fabrics appeared in the spirit of the 60s).
Or, if you can’t find such pieces in vintage stores, you can find furniture that is reminiscent of Soviet-era design. NYFO can be a perfect place where you will find this furniture.
Architecture that helps the decor
Membrane shells, cable-stayed structures, spatial pin structures, characteristics of the period of constructivism, are also reflected in the interiors. The designers, all together, today give preference to the visual and real lightness of materials, to bare and foldable structures, to the airiness and transparency of space, to the contours and contours in the design of objects. Plywood has become a new fashionable “old” material, frame elements – the main hit of the not first season.
Experiment with color
Try using Rodchenko’s advice. Hang avant-garde graphics or paintings on the walls in the spirit of Suprematism and paint furniture (and you can even partially walls) in total monochromatic tones. Believe me, this will definitely not harm your interior, but it will add new vibrant colors and give a rhythm to the whole space.
The best decorative elements are the porcelain figurines or propaganda boxes that were once produced by the famous Leningrad Porcelain Factory (however, the animal figurines are also suitable for reproducing the Soviet interior of the mid-last century – once on dressers or a piano with porcelain elephants or monkeys were proudly exhibited).
Dig into the loft to find old Bakelite lamps, phones, or clocks. Such items perfectly reflect the style of the Soviet era.
And don’t forget the “Ilyich bulbs”. What was once considered a sign of poverty (not all citizens had the opportunity to purchase at least some sort of lampshade, and the lampshade itself often simply wasn’t for sale) is now a trend. Almost all lamp manufacturers who have respected themselves for several years in a row produce models without decorated “naked” bulbs.
The cobalt net as decoration is also one of the signs of the times. In 1946 it was invented for the LFZ tea service in memory of the Leningrad siege windows. But today, designers have slightly rethought this ornament and transferred it from small plastic objects to larger objects, without breaking, however, the associative array.
Change less for more
Sometimes, some of the disadvantages of the interior (lack of finances, lack of necessary building materials) can be taken to such an extent that they become advantages and even be recognized as an original decorating move. So why not play a little bit of a thug on the inside?
Remember how once wallpaper was pasted on old newspapers, or even pasted with magazine clippings or shabby posters, crumbling walls. As the designers say, even the newspapers themselves decorate the space. And after just a month or two, such a wall decoration will remind you of the events of the past and become an excellent memory training – remember the past through news headlines and cultural notes. You can even create thematic interiors – for example, sheet music will look good in a music lounge.
The same goes for small-format tiled walls and once popular glass blocks. By the way, their wide presence in the interior only contributes to the increased penetration of daylight into the apartment. In addition, glass blocks (or glass blocks) retain heat well and insulate sound, which is extremely important for modern standard panel houses.
There are many options for reproducing the Soviet style in one way or another – the main thing is to respect traditions, show imagination and not be afraid of bold experiments.
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