Soviet Design

From Constructivism To Modernism 1920–1980

Kristina Krasnyanskaya and Alexander Semenov

Soviet Design

Kristina Krasnyanskaya and Alexander Semenov

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

448 pages | 318 color plates, 108 halftones | 9 1/2 x 11 3/4
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9783858818461 Published January 2020 Not for sale in the UK, Europe, China, and Hong Kong
The Soviet Union left behind a vast design heritage that is largely unknown in the West. Unlike Soviet-era architecture and graphic design, interior design from this period has not been thoroughly investigated. For the first time, this book offers a comprehensive survey of Soviet interior design from constructivism and the revolutionary avant-garde to late modernism.

Based on extensive research and drawing on archives that were until recently inaccessible, Kristina Krasnyanskaya and Alexander Semenov document seven decades of interior design in the Soviet Union. They demonstrate that, while often discredited as monotonous, the work of designers, architects, and manufacturers behind the Iron Curtain in fact comprises a remarkable variety of original styles. The 1920s were marked by bold exploration and experimentation at state-run art and technical school Vkhutemas and by overlapping movements such as constructivism, rationalism, and suprematism. The 1930s brought Soviet art deco and Stalinist Empire style, which produced some of the Soviet Union’s most iconic buildings. In the late 1950s, after Stalin’s death, modernism emerged with functionalist furniture mass-produced to fit small apartments in housing developments. The 1960s marked the Golden Age of Soviet interior design, while most of the visionary work of a new generation of designers in the 1970s remained unrealized.

With more than three hundred color illustrations and a wealth of previously unpublished material, Soviet Design will become the definitive reference on the subject.
 
Review Quotes
Eve M. Kahn | The New York Times
"The sumptuous book’s sketches and photos of objects and interiors, drawn from little-known archives, show how government-approved design parameters evolved."
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