Founded in January 2017, after years of reflection, Galerie Parallèle is offering an original and selection of furniture of soviet design to allow its access and to make it known.
Each piece of furniture and article is then precisely exposed through a complete and detailed presentation of its background, enabling to explain both aesthetic and functional project’s aim and purpose of this production whose design stem from the Soviet period. Galerie Parallèle suggests simultaneously biographies of artists from the Eastern bloc whose works are sold to highlight an important artistic production, still often neglected.
Some articles have been restored to the original style of the Soviet period, others are sold in their original vintage condition. Yet, Galerie Parallèle does not pretend to offer an exhaustive selection of this production. It rather tries propose some items, who through their aesthetic and functionalism seem to convey and materialize a specific and relevant thinking. We hope this selection would your arouse your curiosity on the Eastern soviet design and make you want to discover it.
After the second World War, Eastern European Communists tried to find a new way to design and furnish interiors. Galerie Parallèle offers a sample of their work, focusing in particular on Polish and Czechoslovakian creations produced between the 1950s and the 1980s. By "Eastern European design" or "soviet design" we here mean design from these two former satellite states of the Soviet Union.
What characterizes Polish interiors of the Soviet era is their extreme functionalism, especially manifested in the wall units.
Polishes interiors from the 1960s
Flats used to be small and these units were key in maximizing the available space. They could include the dining table or even the bed, radically reducing the number of items of furniture needed.
Only seats and lamps could not be fitted in them. This explains why chairs and armchairs were so central to that time's design. However, this does not mean that designers did not create tables, desks, or chest of drawers. They did, and some of them are of the finest quality.
At Brussels World Fair in 1958, Communist Czechoslovakian interiors were on display. The exhibition was intended to show the life of ordinary Czech and Slovak people and presented three aspects of it under the labels "work", "rest", and "culture". Czechoslovakian Design started to blossom after that fair and this in spite of the hardening of the dictatorship. This exhibition became a major influence on numerous artists, generating a so much that the phrase "Brussels style" was coined.
Czechoslovakian interior from the 1960's