10 AMAZING Interior Pieces by Top Russian Designers (PHOTOS)
Taras Zheltychev; Polli products; Irina Belonosova
From a game of crypto chess to recycled carved window frames: these designs for interior objects and furniture redefine national traditions and make use of new technologies.
1. Four Seasons vases, Treivas x B.Lab
The “Four Seasons” series includes four crystal vases with different patterns – snowflakes, petals, sunspots and leaves. It was inspired by the year 2020, a difficult time when we mostly ended up watching the changing seasons from our windows. Treivas Architecture Studio, led by architect and artist Olga Treivas, gives new meaning to the very nature of the material.
Crystal glass is traditionally associated with fragility, but such objects, on the contrary, look monumental and even brutalist. In addition to highlighting the material, the designers offer a different look at its cultural origin. In the USSR, crystal glass was not only synonymous with a sold-out item, but also a symbol of celebration and enchantment. The series was produced in collaboration with Irina Baranova’s Business Laboratory B.Lab and manufactured at the historic Gusev and Bakhmetev crystal factories.
2. Spiritus aroma diffuser clock, KIBARDINDESIGN studio
Vadim Kibardin launched the production of “Spiritus” by KIBARDIN. It was patented by the designer and incorporates several functions: an aroma diffuser and an electronic clock with intelligent controls. The device is enclosed in a casing imitating charred wood (in the style of the traditional Japanese technique of yakisugi) and incorporates LED lighting, producing an almost magical effect. You can set different running times of the diffuser – (which has a 300ml tank) – from 30 to 180 minutes.
3. Bench from the BABUSHKA series, Olga Engel
This designer works in a style that could be described as “emotional recycling”. His creations “breathe new life” into childhood memories and objects from the past. For example, the “BABUSHKA” [Grandmother] collection is inspired by everyday life in Olga’s grandmother’s village house. The design of the furniture is reminiscent of the shovel-like tools used to bake bread in a Russian stove or the old spinning wheels. The series conveys an atmosphere of childhood tranquility and the warm glow of home. It includes seven benches of different shapes in oak. They come in limited editions of 20 pieces each. They can also be found in European design galleries – Mia Karlova Galerie (Amsterdam) and Armel Soyer (Paris).
4. New Look sculpture lamp, Polli Products
Behind the eye-catching art object of gypsum and optical plastic hides a whole philosophy. New Look is a response to our changing reality. The designers describe their work as a reflection on the theme of the new perception of the world common in people’s minds today and which has been formed through the prism of social networks and total digitalization.
5. Showcase, made in August
Vitaly Zhuykov’s design lab, Made in August, operates at the intersection of craftsmanship and new technologies. For example, the regularly renewed “Portail” collection includes unique interior decoration objects in the spirit of “recycling local history”: They consist of old sculpted window frames. For example, this unique showcase consists of a restored early 20th century carved window frame from the town of Gorodets, historically known for its woodcarving. Inside, the cabinet is decorated with Zhostovo paint (UG-ART HOME DESIGN workshop).
6. Carpet from the “Hear my Roooar” collection, by Andrey Budko
Andrey explores variations on the theme of wool felt rugs, a traditional Russian material. They are decorated with digital prints created using machine embroidery. The engravings refer to the type of embroidery that once adorned traditional folk costumes. Each pattern represents a pattern associated with a super-strength: the camouflage masks the wearer and therefore confers an advantage in combat; while tattoos (as on wolf skin) serve as a protective talisman.
7. Another Kingdom art chess set, Taras Zheltyshev
Zheltyshev was the first in the Russian art scene to use NFT technology in the creation of art objects. Taras conceived the idea of a high-tech chess set embedded with microchips serving as a permanent virtual “manufacturer’s certificate” designed to track product authenticity in the digital space. The designer worked with developers in Hong Kong. He thinks the new decorative design lexicon is about “tokens” and “blockchains.” The chess sets are a limited edition of 20. The meticulously crafted figures are created by high resolution 3D printing and are finished by hand.
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8. Masks, RE:d Totem Collection, 52 Factory
These recycled plastic masks were among the finalists for the international Ro Plastic Prize 2021 dedicated to objects made of recycled or recyclable plastic. The collection, called “RE:d totems”, is made up of eight motifs inspired by the Slavic ritual tradition. Here, the past meets modernity: masks once made of twigs, birch bark and ribbons are now created from recycled plastic that can once again serve people.
9. Tropicana Collection Hair Comb, Grigory Maslennikov (Gregory Emvy)
This artist and designer frequently turns to his Russian roots to rethink national cultural patterns. Last year was momentous for the launch of her hair comb collection for new Moscow jewelry brand, Bun Jewellery. In his quest for a new cultural code, he creates a traditional Russian hair ornament in a modernist spirit.
10. Amulet pendant lamp, Alexey Danilin, for Maytoni
Over the past year, Alexey’s work has been recognized with a dozen prestigious design awards, including the 2021 IDA International Design Awards. of amulets. Whereas in the past they were strung with shells, today modern technologies are used. Thus, the light is fixed to the ceiling with magnets and the power is supplied directly by the wires on which the object is suspended. As a result, the light avoids looking bulky, but feels light and compact. The LED strip of the frame serves as a light source and the decorative elements are made of blown glass “beads”.
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