Maxim Scherbakov of design studio Plan-S23 (with Alexey Galkin) created the Sputnik-5 coffee table so that small plants or herbs can grow inside it. The structure and the name of the table is inspired by the Soviet satellite that first took living objects into space and returned them safely to Earth. The designer states: “The table acts as a watchman of a plant bursting from the aperture of the marble surface.” The table is actually built up from a series of components, each of the elements can also be used independently as decorative pieces.
"My Whale" is a site-specific installation by Tundra for a renovated ship "Brusov", laid up on Moscow river and turned into an art-cluster.
There is an impressive space at the front of the ship, with panoramic windshield and hexagonal pattern on the vaulted ceiling, remained from the 70-s, the time, when “Brusov” was constructed in Austria. Standing there gives you the feeling of floating through the reflections of the Krymsky bridge lights on the river, inside a giant whale head. Looking through its eyes, listening to its songs that flow across the brain made of hexagonal cells by the wires hanging down here and there. With some light and sound we brought this whale to life.
Visuals by Alexander Letcius, Alexander Sinica and Sergey Lubashin; Sound by Klim Suhanov and Semyon Perevoschikov of D-Pulse; Production by Bulat Sharipov; Shot and edited by Alexander Sinica.
This playful collection of photographs features one man's view from the inside of a tent. Simply called Morning Views From the Tent, the inspirational travel series was created by photographer Oleg Grigoryev. Each image offers a unique glimpse of the Tajikistan landscape from the eyes of an adventurer traveling through the Fann Mountains.via
Check the glitchy art of Russian born and Philadelphia based Alex Kanevsky. His style is a mix of figurative with cubist-like marks by a palette knife. The relaxed figures break apart into geometrical gestures that imply their movement through the space. Kanevsky credits a range of aesthetically different artists as inspiration, from Van Gogh, Cezanne, Mondrian, Rothko, Kline, to Freud, the list goes on.
StPete based tattoo artist and talented illustrator Ilya Brezinski shows off his best in dot-work technique. Whatever the material - skin or paper Ilya handles each work with a lot of care and attention to details.
Russian artist Svetlana Petrova has become known for her online artwork of famous portraits featuring her big ginger cat Zarathustra. View more on http://fatcatart.ru/
I lost my mother in 2008 and she left me Zarathustra. I got horrible depression after her death and for two years I was unable to do something creative. By chance a friend asked me 'why don't you make an art project with your cat because he's so funny'
I've had cats before and included them in my work, like playing in theatre shows and I've made costumes for them. But I thought, 'What can I do with Zarathustra, because my mother spoilt him and he's so fat'.
Read full interview on BBC News
Russian duo Anna Strupinskaya and Alexey Ivashkevich have presented at the Milan Design Week 2014 (alongside with other Russian project IZBA) their work: “Symphony”, a hanging lamp made of silicone. The concept of chandelier explores the relationship between light and sound waves and their similarities. With colored ribbons intertwined, this chandelier provides a unique lighting.
Izba is a curated project presenting 8 independent Russian designers. Earlier this April the group debuted with curated projects during Milan design week in Ventura Lambrate district. The idea of the project was to research and rethink old Russian traditions. Quoting IZBA's press-release below:
"The project takes its name after a typically Russian dwelling, izba. It was a home for the most of people living on the territory of modern Russia since ancient times and up to the beginning of 20th century. Rapid urbanization made national features of living less distinct. However, in rural areas you can find izba even today. Its basic principles of construction and interior remain unchanged through the centuries. Fascinated by this fact, designers explored in details living in izba. Archetypes of typical items found in izba became a starting point for creating contemporary design products. Far away from nostalgic remakes, these products rethink historical heritage in the terms of living today. Thanks to universal language of design, they are objects with worldwide appeal, yet with a distinct Russian character.
Project curator Tatiana Kudryavtseva gathered notable product designers from Saint-Petersburg and Moscow. They are young, but already have an experience of participating in international design exhibitions, are winners of prestigious contests, their projects were published in Russian and international press. They are: product designers Aleksey Galkin, Alexnder Kanygin, Katerina Kopytina, Maxim Maximov, Yaroslav Misonzhnikov, Maxim Scherbakov, Anna Druzhinina at Fedor Toy; textile designer Sveta Gerasimova. Anna Kulachek, graphic designer currently working on the identity of Polytechnic Museum of Moscow, became a part of the team and designed project identity, referring to construction principles of izba house. IZBA is the first big-scale curated project dedicated to Russian design.
Not only the objects, but also the stand of the project exhibition in Milan referred to ideas of traditional dwelling. Stand layout was build according to the main principles of space organization in izba, huge table and benches that used to gather a big family became a display for smaller objects and were welcoming visitors to sit down and have some rest after the long walks they took through all the venues of the Milan show."
Traditionally, red is the color associated with beauty in Russian culture. Red corner, the corner you see immediately when you enter the room, is the most important and honorary place in a traditional Russian dwelling. It is the place for icons, praying and the most important things in the house. Nowadays red corner has lost its initial meaning. Maxim Maximov made his aim to understand what is important for people today. Red Corner shelf provides a perfect management for a corner space. What is the most important thing for you?
Svetets Svetets is a holder for luchina, a burning wooden sliver. Together they were lighting the dwelling in Russian villages up to the beginning of the 20th century. Svetets by Katerina Kopytina is a base for pendant light, transforming it into a floor lamp.
Beard This object and accessory is inspired by one of the symbols of patriarchal Russia. Wearing beards was obligatory for all men in Russia up to the end of the 17th century. A fine presumed in the legal codex of the 11th century for the damage of another man’s beard was only three times less than a fine for a murder. In the end of the 17th century Peter the Great, who pursued Western style of living, announced wearing beards illegal in towns. In the 19th century beards came back with the ideas of Slavophiles. Many famous Russian philosophers and writers chose to wear beards, for example Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov. Now you can try how it feels before growing your own.
The hero of Russian folk tales, a dangerous dragon with three heads, became a peaceful toy for children.
Anya Druzhinina (Fёdor Toy)
Gorka Many Russian people remember from their childhood a pyramid of pillows decorating the bed in their granny’s house. Anya designed one pillowcase for several pillows, making this pyramid a functional and playful object.
Kokoshnik Kokoshnik, traditional Russian headwear for special occasions, in modern interpretation became an inflatable headwear. Initially it symbolized protection and was a kind of woman’s helmet. Modern Kokoshnik protects your hairdo from the rain.
Treschotka Folk music instrument treschotka is made of thin planches fixed together with a rope. In ancient culture, this instrument possessed a mystical function in addition to musical, the sound kept evil spirits away. Rocking horse for children Treschotka not only follows the folk instrument in its unusual structure, but also sounds.
Odnosvechnik This candle holder is inspired with an unusual appliance found in a traditional Yakutian dwelling and displayed now in The Russian Museum of Ethnography in Saint-Petersburg. Odnosvechnik is made of marble, adjustable wooden base inside can lift the candle higher and fix on one of three levels. Due to this, you can keep the flame on the same level for a long time
Pridanoe Pridanoe is Russian for dowry. In traditional culture, it was very important to prepare a good and substantial dowry for a bride. Families were accumulating household items, clothes and valuables for many years in a number of chests. Chests were stacked one on top of the other on the floor of on a bench. Pridanoe is a modern interpretation of an old Russian tradition, a set of various containers with a bench stand. Details are decorated with gold plate, typical material for traditional Russian culture.
Shkatulka is Russian for casket. Caskets with a ‘secret’, special opening mechanism, were much appreciated in Russia from ancient times and were used for keeping valuables and important items. Storage kit Shkatulka is a system consisting of several containers. You can change their combination depending on the functional needs. Secret lock will take care of privacy.
Rusalka & Rusal Rusalka is one of the most romantic images in Slavic mythology. A female humanlike being, it can be compared to a West European mermaid. Rusalkas hide all autumn and winter in rivers, and come out to spend the summer in the fields and forests. They play among the ripening ears of corn, swing on the branches of the trees and spellbind careless young men. According to less known folk stories, male rusalkas also exist. This became a starting point for a new story told in printed textiles.
Project curator: Tatiana Kudryavtseva - Design Gallery/Bulhaup St. Petersburg Graphic designer: Anna Kulachek Photographer: Mitya Ganopolsky