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I have a soft spot for furniture from the 1950s and 1960s as it's the furniture I was surrounded by growing up.  These pieces, which were exhibited as part of the 2012 Design Basel/Miami Fair in Switzerland by Moscow's Heritage Gallery, generate a lot of nostalgia for me.  The exhibit showed key furniture pieces representing the best of 20th-century Soviet interior design, the main theme of which  was the aesthetic of Khrushchev's Thaw Period, when repression and censorship were reversed and the Soviet designers continued the trends established by the avant garde era of the 1920s.

The pieces on show included this pair of 1957 armchairs designed by Kozulin, Manucharova and Savchenko for the Permanent Exhibition in Moscow, a two-door cupboard by Yuri Sluchevsky topped by a sculpture of skaters by Nikolay Silis, a small table with drawer and horologe clock made in Mosproekt, a small mahogany and bronze table with drawer from a set of furniture made specially for a model apartment in Cheremushki district in Moscow and a 1960s Stillage shelf of oak and radio dating from the 1960s from a set of furniture made for the model apartment in Cheremushki district. 

Images: Heritage Gallery


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