Category Archives: Design Russia

Design Finds, A Pack of Cigarettes

If something makes me sentimental,that’s  to listen the old songs of a Russian band Kino, ( the leader of the band Viktor  Tsoi.)

I was 17 in  1987 whan Kino  released their 7th album  Blood Type (Gruppa Krovi).  The open political climate under glasnost allowed Tsoi to make Blood Type his most political album yet it also allowed him to record a sound of music that no one before him was able to play. Most of the tracks on the album were directed at the youth of the Soviet Union, telling them to take control and make changes within the nation, some of the songs addressed the social problems crippling the nation. The sound and lyrics of the album made Tsoi a hero among Soviet youth and Kino the most popular rock band ever. In the diverse Soviet republics fans translated his originally Russian lyrics into their native languages as well.

Viktor  Tsoi died in a  car accident on August 15, 1990, aged 28. He died in Latvia while he was staying there to finish recording the vocals for Kino’s next album. It happened  a year before Latvia became independant from Soviet Union.

I was 20 when he died . I  seriosly believe that he was a part of reason why I am who I am.

I don’t smoke anymore. But I still have a ticket on a plane with silver wings.

Но если есть в кармане пачка сигарет,
Значит, все не так уж плохо на сегодняшний день.
И билет на самолет с серебристым крылом,
Что, взлетая, оставляет земле лишь тень.

But if there is a pack of cigarettes in your pocket,
So, it’s not so bad for  today.
And  a ticket on a plan with silver wings,
That  leaves  just a shadow on the earth by taking off.

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Quote of the Day

— Я понял, в чем Ваша беда. Вы слишком серьезны. Умное лицо — это еще не признак ума, господа. Все глупости на земле делаются именно с этим выражением лица. Вы улыбайтесь, господа, улыбайтесь…»
„Тот самый Мюнхгаузен“

– I understand your problem . You are too serious. A wise face doesn’t necessarily means a great mind, gentlemen. All the nonsense in this world are made with this facial expression. Smile, gentlemen, smile … ”
The Very Same Munchausen “

“The Very Same Munchausen” is one of favorite movies from my childhood.  Baron Munchausen is played by Oleg Yankovskiy

,the genious Russion actor, who was one of Tarkovsky favourite actors as well.

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Design Finds, Garage for Dasha

OMA  have unveiled their designs to convert a 5400 square metre 1960s pavilion in Stalinist-era Gorky Park in Moscow into a new venue for the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, the new gallery, which will be built for gallerist Dasha Zhukova.

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Design Tips, Kids Friendly Margiela

Now Zoe’s favorite toy is this Russian dolls set from Maison Marten Margiela, Collection 13. She really enjoys to putting them together and taking apart.

The dolls  are Made In Russia and smell like a pine.

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Design Tips, How To Find God

Every kids knows the world is perfect“,  BG answered to the question on searching for God

Design Finds, On Scandinavian Pop Music

Today on  MTV Russia I discovered Tomas N’evergreen , who besides of singing a duet with a Russian pop-princess Kristina Orbakaite, is a citizian of Denmark, born 12 November 1969 as Tomas Christiansen. He comes from a nice Danish port-town Århus.

Btw, he resides  in Moscow only from 2009,but his Russian pronunciation is better than mine.

Can’t help but wonder: is this video a part of Moscow Metro’s  promotional campaign ?

Design Finds, I Want Changes

The protests against the election results that have been happening in Moscow, made me think of Victor Tsoi again. He was so important for my generation in the 80’s. Than  Moscow still was a capital of a country where I happened to be born: USSR. The Soviet Union does not exist already 20 years, but Moscow still needs changes

Design Finds, We Are Not Bonnie and Clyde

This is my favorite video of the Russian project Мачете: Нежность ( Tenderness)