Rustam’s From Russia With Midcentury Love Studio

published Sep 28, 2012
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Name: Rustam Babayev
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Size: 335 square feet (31 sq. m)
Years lived in: 4 years – owned.

A colorful gem of small space living comes today by way of the northernmost largest city in Russia, Saint Petersburg. What may be equally surprising as the location and the cozy dimensions of the studio apartment is the enthusiastically vibrant and international midcentury elements which permeate throughout. Most interesting are the various Soviet-era pottery interspersed amongst the recognizable products from IKEA, Eames, and other mod pieces (alongside a photogenic feline roommate), a pastiche of today and yesterday’s Russia…

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It was initially a few photos of Rustam’s collection of vintage and modern lighting, alongside his home entertainment and computer setup, that caught my eye. A few emails later and I was swimming in additional photos of a space bustling with plastic-fantastic details of a collector with a keen eye for vintage bargains and skillful display (love the color organized bookshelf, a dream come true for many a designer). Thus, a Tech Tour detoured into a House Tour…and we’re all better for it, being afforded an opportunity to enjoy more from this playful example of mod living from Russia!

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Furniture: Eames MAX, Eames DSW, Eames DSR. Other furniture is mostly from Ikea. Black bed side table is DIY. It was made from the painted black table Ikea Mandal with legs from Ikea Frosta stool.

Accessories: Eames Hang-It-All, former Soviet Union pottery, reproductions of pictures and collages of Henri Matiss, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

Lighting: Ateljé Lyktan Bumling (floor and table brass lamps), designer Anders Pehrson (1968); Harvey Guzzini Bugia (yellow metal lamp), designer Giuseppe Cormio (1976); Harvey Guzzini Clan (large and small orange plastic floor lamps), Harvey Guzzini Bud (pendant lamp in the kitchen) designed by Studio 6G (1968); Harvey Guzzini vintage 70s red table lamp with tulip base. Other lamps are from Ikea.

Home Tech Hardware: LCD monitor Crossover 27Q-P, wireless keyboard and mouse, Logitech MK220, TV panel Panasonic TX-PR42U10, speakers Dynaudio Audience A42, amplifier Sony TA-FE700R.

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Thanks, Rustam!

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