Exhibit | Stalin-Era Soviet Interior Design - Design Bureau

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Exhibit | Stalin-Era Soviet Interior Design

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

It's not regarded as one of the happier periods in history, but despite the restricted freedoms in the Stalin-era Soviet Union, creatives continued to design remarkable work despite the threat of punishment. A new exhibit from the Heritage Gallery of Moscow during Design Miami/Basel, June 11-16 in Basel, Switzerland, showcases a first-ever collection of unique one-off interior items of the Soviet Empire Style spanning the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s.

From the Heritage Gallery:

The Soviet Empire Style was marked by luxury and monumentality, combining elements of the Baroque, Napoleon Empire, neo-classical, and Art Deco. This state-sanctioned style replaced the avant-garde as the Soviet Union's main aesthetic concept. It symbolized a return to classical notions of beauty, and became the hallmark of a powerful rising Soviet empire. However, this luxurious and grand aeshetic ended in the second half of the 1950s. With such political oblivion and the changes in tastes over the past 60 years, many interior items from the Stalinist period were thrown away and lost. Few items have been preserved, which makes this exhibition even more special. At Design Miami/Basel, Heritage Gallery will present unique decorative objects, lamps, and exquisite furniture. Most were single-copy items, made at great cost for the private apartments of the political elite, as well as for public spaces such as the Hotel Moskva, and the Red Army Theater in Moscow.

 

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