“I decided I wanted to design the apartment in the style of a senior bureaucrat of the early Stalin period,” said the owner, antiques dealer Sergei Bobovnikov, 47. And so began a seriously bizarre renovation with undeniably spectacular results. However, he clarified that it was a design decision, not a political statement. “Stalinism is repulsive, like Fascism.”
The article, ‘Back in the (’30s) USSR’ on The New York Times website, comes with a slideshow of highly satisfying pictures. With strong notes of empire and Art Deco, the apartment has a weirdly haphazard look about it, like our grandparents’ houses, with each aesthetic snuggled up to the last. Definitely worth a look, though I don’t think anyone would want to live with most of this stuff. “Coming soon to Crate & Barrel: the Stalin rug. . . ” I just don’t see it.
If you want to see the pictures (and you really should see the pictures) but don’t want to create a NYT login, the majority of them can be found here, along with a number of other beautiful, beautiful things.