Soviet chic: furniture from Khrushchev became fashionable in the twenty-first century

Photos: Sergey Ananyev

Why Moscow designers restored typical furniture of the Soviet Union and how Soviet radiograms fit into the modern design of the apartments

The Russians returned to the Soviet interest in furniture of the mid-twentieth century. The apartments with modern design are increasingly lamps, radiograms and other household items typical of a standard Khrushchev 1960-ies. 15-20 years ago people threw away such things, considering them junk, now the furniture and decor became fashionable and sold in online stores. About it “RBC-real Estate” told the Moscow interior designers.

Furniture from Khrushchev now in demand due to the fact that is no longer perceived as a model, instead she looks out of the ordinary and exclusive to modern examples, according to the owner of the shop vintage furniture “Designchick” Oksana Tsepilova. “Man returns to the idea of identity and “we” items, she continues. — Fashion is cyclical, including furniture design. Many famous furniture factories of Italy returned to manufacturing the furniture with silhouettes 1960-1970-ies”.

“What was formerly seen everyday, today is perceived as the highlight of the interior. This is the European influence, where the love of vintage is very strong,” said partner of the architectural Studio Dvekati Ekaterina Svanidze.

Right: a typical interior room in the Khrushchev. Left: the Romanian chair and bookcase — the usual attributes of the Soviet housing the middle of last century Photo: Artem Dezhurko

A new reading of Soviet furniture does not imply a complete reconstruction of the interior of Khrushchev, said the designers. Instead, modern apartment decor are added from the Soviet past individual accents. “Add to the nostalgic music of the modern interior can vintage equipment, — said the partner of the architectural Studio ai-architects Alexander Tomashenko. — Classic retro 1950s and 1960s — it is tube radios and radiograms in solid buildings made of lacquered wood. Also neizbity looks later audio equipment from the 1970s, for example reel-to-reel tape recorders. They had a distinctive design and an interesting shape.”

Designer interior with the Soviet furniture of the sixties

Photos: Sergey Ananyev

In the morning put the medical cabinets from the hospital. Upstairs there was a place for the bust

In a modern interior can register any thing from the past provided that it is quality made and well preserved, convinced the furniture collector and researcher of the faculty of design at the Higher school of economy Artyom Dezhurko. “This is especially good when the interior live objects associated with family history,” he said.

Soviet sideboard, a piano, and chairs who have not changed the upholstery is not a Granny flat, and interior design by Artem Dezhurko, collector furniture Photo: Artem Dezhurko

Ekaterina Svanidze, partner of the architectural Studio Dvekati:

— Now chairs, dressers and lamps from the sixties are getting a new life. Maybe it is because this furniture is not antique, and therefore is relatively inexpensive. At the same time it can justifiably be called a design. Especially popular armchairs on wooden frame of drawers on tapered legs with lacquered fronts, as well as glass and crystal.

Furniture of the sixties and seventies of the last century has been reliable and compact, Mrs. Oksana Tsepilova. “In the production of the natural materials used — wood and plywood. Most of the furniture was made on rather high legs that visually gave her ease” — describes Tsepilova design finds the Soviet time.

Photo: Artem Dezhurko

Desk fifty years ago

“The range of sets assumed a clear division of rooms by function — recalls Dezhurko. For example, a set of “Living room” includes living room furniture, beds there. In the apartments the rooms were few, and a lot of people, and almost always in the same room were merged several functions. Magazines of those years full of witty stories about how with relative ease to accommodate in a one bedroom apartment the family of several people. Sometimes cabinets and sideboards put the side of the wall, dividing the room into several dark “alcoves”.

Alexander Tomashenko, partner of the architectural Studio ai-architects:

— Add nostalgic music with modern interior can vintage equipment. Classic retro 1950s and 1960s — it is tube radios and radiograms in solid buildings made of lacquered wood. Also neizbity looks later audio equipment from the 1970s, for example reel-to-reel tape recorders. They had a distinctive design and an interesting shape.

 
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  1. Tyya says:

    Your story was really inafvmotire, thanks!

  2. Isabella says:

    That’s an inuneiogs way of thinking about it.

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