Recently, TMT art club met up again at "The Design System of the U.S.S.R," the first-ever exhibition of its kind. This show refuted the widespread opinion that design in the Soviet Union had lagged behind the rest of the world.
As we waited for the group to gather, we chatted over a glass of champagne at the Center for Fashion and Design, a new multifunctional art space that belongs to the All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art. Housed in a beautiful old manor, the center's activities are devoted to all aspects of what we might call "Russian style" in various areas of life, from its origins in folk culture to modern-day trends. The center is a hub of exhibitions, lectures from popular designers, a restoration workshop, master classes and other cultural and educational programs.
We were lucky enough to have the curator, Alexandra Sankova, as our tour guide for the day. Sankova is a published author and her book 23 contains interviews with Russia's best-known designers; it tells the almost-unknown story of talented pioneers of design in their own words. She is the director and one of the creators of the Moscow Design Museum.