Russian designers Nasya Kopteva and Sasha Braulov took desk accessories’ design to next level. They were influenced by landmarks of Russian Avant-Garde architecture. This art movement began in late 19th century and continued till 1930. Items in the collection exactly correspond with some of iconic buildings of this period. They are made of solid oak, which is leftovers from designers’ other projects.
First in the collection created by Nasya and Sasha is a magnetic paper-clip, which is mini-model of Melikov House. Konstantin Stepanovich Melnikov was a Russian architect and painter. He, as an architect, worked during 1923-1933 and was a giant of Constuctivism. Exactly during this period he built himself now worldwide known house. It is two intersecting cylindrical towers decorated with a pattern of hexagonal windows.
Post-it notes can be stored in a wooden block modeled after Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage. Design of this building also belongs to Melnikov, he worked on building it with Vladimir Shukhov.
Pencil sharpener and Business-card holder is combined and designed after St Petersburg’s Communication Industry Workers’ Palace of Culture. It was completed in 1939. Building and therefore the stationary item consists of two main parts, the tallest of them holds the sharpener, which is set into an indented section of an otherwise curved edge. There is a groove in short part where business-cards can be stored.
From the chimney of Red Banner Textile Factory in St. Petersburg was born the idea of creating a ruler. The design of this building belongs to Erich Mendelssohn. He was the first foreign architect who in 1925 designed building in USSR.
Moscow’s Round Bath House, which was built in 1930, for its circular shape became a tape dispenser.
Smartphone docking station and a pen holder were modeled after Communal House of the Textile Institute. The building was built by Ivan Nikolaev in 1929-1931 in Moscow, which is why it is called Nikolaev’s House sometimes. It was student dormitory till 1996 and could accommodate 2000 students. 28 years old Nikolaev designed the building with new rules, he separated common study space, public services (with cafeteria, showers and storage rooms) and the living space, in doing so he could maintain maximum capacity of living space. By separation the building acquired H-shaped form.
The last piece of the collection is eraser and its holder. It is designed after Moscow Raysoviet building built in 1935. An eraser replicates the protruding rectangular section, while the rest of its cylindrical form is made in wood.
Russian designers, Nasya and Sasha, are first who used famous house designs for everyday household items. Their creation is a good example how to transform a good idea into a useful, everyday item.
Author: Meri Khamkhadze