During the Soviet era, people lived in small collective housing apartments built in the beginning of the 1960s and towards the end of the 1970s. These buildings still stand all around the Eastern bloc. When redesigned and freshened up, they can look very lovely.
We sometimes tend to think that our elders are prone to hoarding but that’s only because they’ve lived in a completely different era. People all around the Soviet Union had seen excrutiatingly difficult times – WWII, deportations to Siberia in the Baltic states, Holodomor in the Ukraine etc. Everything was scarce, even food at times. This mentality was also reflected in interior design and furniture. Anything that had somewhat of a practical value was kept until it was in pieces and even then it was pieced together. Apartments pictured above that Khruschev built were small and cluttered. Kitchens were built according to a standard plan – no bigger than 6 or 9 square meters (that’s 64.58 sq ft to 96.87 sq ft) and popular opinion was that Soviet people won’t cook at home when everyone was expected to eat at canteens and diners. This is a great example of Soviet era furniture: