Young designers Sasha Braulov and Nasya Kopteva of studio 52FACTORY, have turned their love for Russian Avant-Garde architecture into a beautifully crafted, eco, functional set of desktop organisers.

The duo wanted to express their love for the Soviet Avant-Garde and immortalise the rationalism behind its aesthetic. The result is a 10-piece set of oak figurines which not only are bound to adorn your office table, but are also set to organise your daily workplace in style and quirkiness.



“We wanted to make the object that embodied the inspiration Russian avant-garde gave us, one could say, a sort of declaration of love and gratitude”, explain Sasha and Nasya.

“Besides, we wanted to draw attention to this architectural direction, because it is indeed sad to realize that the avant-garde is underappreciated in its homeland, Russia — a large number of masterpieces of avant-garde architecture could have been and should have been in a far better condition.”


The set comes with a useful Russian Avant-Garde booklet to guide you through the inspiration behind each piece.
The set comes with a useful Russian Avant-Garde booklet to guide you through the inspiration behind each piece.

The design duo’s aspiration was to to create a set of original, truly functional objects, by taking into account one of the basic rules of constructivism: the rational justification of elements. In other words, these pieces are designed to serve a purpose, and are not just created as a means to an end for nonfunctional beauty.


Not just pretty objects, but truly rational and functional workplace accessories.
Not just pretty objects, but truly rational and functional workplace accessories.

Having found a vehicle for showing their love of the Russian avant-garde, and having then ticked the box of rationalism inspired design, the designer’s still wanted more. They imagined their product to be truly ecological. They achieved this by thinking of how they could maximise the potential of existing materials in the building industry. In particular, using leftovers from local carpentry companies. In fact, this set of handy mini architectural figures are made entirely of solid oak residues.


The set is made from repurposed solid oak residues from locally sources carpentries.
The set is made from repurposed solid oak residues from locally sources carpentries.

This is how the set came to be designed and produced, making this produce a true labour of love for an overshadowed past design-form but equally sitting comfortably within today’s context of sustainable design.

Together, these wooden objects form a family of small functional items which people who are inspired by this remarkable period in Russian architecture could have on their desktop and use in their daily lives.

“This is our gift to all lovers of Russian avant-garde”, say the designers, “and a modest contribution to the treasury of memory”.


Full set of wooden Russian Avant-garde desktop organisers.
Full set of wooden Russian avant-garde desktop organisers.

The set consists of 10 wooden (oak) elements.

Each element has a specific function of its own: a pencil sharpener, a ruler, a docking station for your smartphone, a business card holder, post-it notes dispenser, a handy eraser, a magnetic paper clip holder, adhesive tape dispenser, and an organiser for pens and pencils.

In turn, each element corresponds to a landmark of Russian avant-garde architecture: the Melnikov House, Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, Communication Industry Workers’ Palace of Culture, Moscow Raysoviet (District Council), Round Bathhouse, Communal House of the Textile Institute, Chimney of the Red Banner Textile Factory.


Full set of wooden Russian Avant-garde desktop organisers.
Full set of wooden Russian Avant-garde desktop organisers.

ruler Chimney of the Red Banner Textile Factory [E.Mendelsohn, I.A.Pretro, S.O.Ovsyannikov] 1925-1928 St.Petersburg, 57 Pionerskaya St.b
ruler
Chimney of the Red Banner Textile Factory
[E.Mendelsohn, I.A.Pretro, S.O.Ovsyannikov]
1925-1928
St.Petersburg, 57 Pionerskaya St.b
post-it notes holder Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage [K.S.Melnikov, V.G.Shukhov] 1926-1927 Moscow, 19a Obraztsova St.
post-it notes holder
Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage
[K.S.Melnikov, V.G.Shukhov]
1926-1927
Moscow, 19a Obraztsova St.
pens/pensils holder and smartphone docking station Communal House of the Textile Institute [I.S.Nikolaev] 1929-1930 Moscow, 9, 2nd Donskoy Pr.
pens/pensils holder and smartphone docking station
Communal House of the Textile Institute
[I.S.Nikolaev]
1929-1930
Moscow, 9, 2nd Donskoy Pr.
pencil sharpener and business card holder Communication Industry Workers' Palace of Culture [P.M.Grinberg, G.S.Raitz] 1932-1939 St.Petersburg, 58 Bolshaya Morskaya St.
pencil sharpener and business card holder
Communication Industry Workers’ Palace of Culture
[P.M.Grinberg, G.S.Raitz]
1932-1939
St.Petersburg, 58 Bolshaya Morskaya St.
paper clips magnet holder The Melnikov House [K.S.Melnikov] 1927-1929 Moscow, 10 Krivoarbatskiy alleyway
paper clips magnet holder
The Melnikov House
[K.S.Melnikov]
1927-1929
Moscow, 10 Krivoarbatskiy alleyway
eraser Moscow Raysoviet (District Council) [I.I.Fomin, V.G.Daugul, B.M.Serebrovsky] 1931-1935 St.Petersburg, 129 Moskovskiy Pr.
eraser
Moscow Raysoviet (District Council)
[I.I.Fomin, V.G.Daugul, B.M.Serebrovsky]
1931-1935
St.Petersburg, 129 Moskovskiy Pr.
adhesive tape dispenser Round Bath-House [A.S.Nikolsky, V.M.Galperin, N.F.Demkov, A.V.Krestin] 1927-1930 St.Petersburg, 29a/3 Karbysheva St.

adhesive tape dispenser
Round Bath-House
[A.S.Nikolsky, V.M.Galperin, N.F.Demkov, A.V.Krestin]
1927-1930
St.Petersburg, 29a/3 Karbysheva St.