Moscow: Gos. izd-vo lit. po stroitel’stvu i arkhitekture, 1954. Item #1574
119 pp., 3 color ill.: ill. 21x26.7 cm. In original publisher’s cardboards. Near fine.
Scarce. First edition. Edited by G. V. Morozova. Design by N. Munts.
An important post-war collection of articles dedicated to the interior design of Soviet residential buildings compiled by a team of researchers from the Research Department of Interior and Art Industry of the USSR Academy of Architecture in 1954. The articles of the collection are based on materials from a survey of Moscow residential buildings erected in the period from 1946 to 1952. The survey was conducted by S. Alekseev, O. Bayar, R. Blashkevich, M. Makotinsky, and L. Cherikover. The articles deal with the issues of the architectural composition and design of apartments in the conditions of industrialization of construction, the meaning of color in the interior, kitchen equipment, the use of furniture, carpets, wallpapers, etc. The edition provides a visual insight into the 1950s Soviet residential buildings and offers detailed information on different design solutions. Importantly, the articles contain a range of architectural and construction products and factory-made equipment recommended for housing construction by Soviet specialists. The edition features numerous schemes and illustrations (including 3 color) showing interior design and different architectural elements (cornices, cabinets, wallpapers, tiles, chandeliers, kitchen equipment, furniture, etc.) of Moscow apartments The texts rest on the directives of XIX Congress of the CPSU, according to which, to create an artistically integral interior, it was necessary for the architecture of the room and all the items of its decoration and furnishings to be united by a single artistic concept. Beautiful and comfortable interior design of residential buildings became a priority of the Soviet government after the end of the Second World War, when the USSR tried to highlight its dominance over the West.
Overall, an important book about post-war Soviet architecture with abundant visual material.
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