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Celebrate Avant-Garde Russian Architecture With This Wood Desk Set

Designers Nasya Kopteva and Sasha Braulov of 52Factory go back to the U.S.S.R.

  • <p>Icons of Soviet-era architecture inspired this oak desk set from Russian designers 52Factory.</p>
  • <p>The Round Bath-House (1927-1930) by A.S. Nikolsky, V.M. Galperin, N.F. Demkov, and A.V. Krestin inspired this...</p>
  • <p>...adhesive tape dispenser.</p>
  • <p>This pencil sharpener and business card holder riffs on...</p>
  • <p>...the Communication Industry Workers’ Palace of Culture (1932-1939) built in St. Petersburg by architects P.M. Grinberg and G.S.Raitz.</p>
  • <p>The designers used the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communal_House_of_the_Textile_Institute" target="_blank">Communal House of the Textile Institute</a> to inform a smartphone docking station and pencil holder.</p>
  • <p>Here's the 1929 structure in Moscow, which was designed by I.S. Nikolaev.</p>
  • <p>The desk set is made from oak.</p>
  • <p>A chimney of the Red Banner Textile Factory—an Erich Mendelsohn structure in St. Petersburg dating from 1928—becomes...</p>
  • <p>...a tapered ruler.</p>
  • <p>Architect <a href="http://www.archdaily.com/151567/ad-classics-melnikov-house-konstantin-melnikov" target="_blank">Konstantin Melnikov's house</a> was the jumping off point for a magnetic paperclip holder</p>
  • <p>Completed in 1929, the house was significant for its unconventional round shape, hexagonal windows, and open-plan interior free of structural supports.</p>
  • <p>This Post-It dispenser was inspired by a Moscow bus garage completed in 1927.</p>
  • <p>Here's the original structure by K.S. Melnikov and V.G. Shukhov.</p>
  • <p>The designers hope the set teaches kids about Russia's architectural history.</p>
  • <p>"This is our gift to all lovers of Russian avant-garde and a modest contribution to the treasury of memory," the designers wrote in the product's description.</p>
  • <p>Find it at <a href="http://52factory.ru/" target="_blank">52factory.ru</a>.</p>
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    Icons of Soviet-era architecture inspired this oak desk set from Russian designers 52Factory.

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    The Round Bath-House (1927-1930) by A.S. Nikolsky, V.M. Galperin, N.F. Demkov, and A.V. Krestin inspired this...

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    ...adhesive tape dispenser.

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    This pencil sharpener and business card holder riffs on...

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    ...the Communication Industry Workers’ Palace of Culture (1932-1939) built in St. Petersburg by architects P.M. Grinberg and G.S.Raitz.

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    The designers used the Communal House of the Textile Institute to inform a smartphone docking station and pencil holder.

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    Here's the 1929 structure in Moscow, which was designed by I.S. Nikolaev.

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    The desk set is made from oak.

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    A chimney of the Red Banner Textile Factory—an Erich Mendelsohn structure in St. Petersburg dating from 1928—becomes...

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    ...a tapered ruler.

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    Architect Konstantin Melnikov's house was the jumping off point for a magnetic paperclip holder

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    Completed in 1929, the house was significant for its unconventional round shape, hexagonal windows, and open-plan interior free of structural supports.

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    This Post-It dispenser was inspired by a Moscow bus garage completed in 1927.

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    Here's the original structure by K.S. Melnikov and V.G. Shukhov.

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    The designers hope the set teaches kids about Russia's architectural history.

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    "This is our gift to all lovers of Russian avant-garde and a modest contribution to the treasury of memory," the designers wrote in the product's description.

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    Find it at 52factory.ru.

Avant-garde architectural thought enjoyed a heyday in 1920s and '30s Russia. The Constructivist buildings of the era embodied a functionalist philosophy emboldened by Soviet Socialist propaganda that championed the industrial worker, mass production, and egalitarianism.

Designers Nasya Kopteva and Sasha Braulov of 52Factory immortalized this architecture in a set of wood desk accessories with silhouettes inspired by some of the era's most well-known buildings.

Architect Konstantin Melnikov's house completed in 1929—significant for its unconventional round shape, hexagonal windows, and open-plan interior free of structural supports—was the jumping off point for a magnetic paperclip holder. The chimney of the Red Banner Textile Factory—an Erich Mendelsohn structure in St. Petersburg dating from 1928—becomes a tapered ruler. The designers used the Communal House of the Textile Institute to inform a smartphone docking station and pencil holder.

In addition to being a quirky way to organize a desk's trappings, the designers hope the set becomes a way to teach kids about Russia's great Modernist legacy. Find it at 52factory.ru.

Slideshow Credits: 03 / via Wikimapia; 05 / Florstein/Wiki Commons; 07 / konstantinks via Shutterstock; 09 / via archfondas.lt; 12 / via thecharnelhouse.org; 15 / Tatiana Popova via Shutterstock; 17 / Moreorless/Wiki Commons;

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