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 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.
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.
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”.
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.