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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Art Deco interiors in Gdynia | IN MY LENS


I don't know how it could happen that I until recently I haven't visited this tiny museum called Mini-Museum in Gdynia. I had the back luck to choose the worst day possible for the visit, as it was the ugliest day of this winter, windy, snowy, extremely cold. I was quite proud of myself to get to the other part of the town in spite of these circumstances and it was worth it (though the way back took me over 2 hours instead of 30 mins!).

You may not know that between 1795 and 1918 Poland didn't exist at all on the maps of Europe. In 1795 it had been parted between Russia, Germany and Austria and hasn't been restituted until the end of the World War I.
In the twienties the reborn country, reunited after 123 years, very weak, without its own ports nor the army, with two different railway systems and no common economic structures had to be rebuild all over. And one of the biggest projects of new Poland was building a new, ultramodern port and city - Gdynia. So Gdynia was built from scratch between the two World Wars and that's why its architecture and urban design is highly exceptional (called Streamline Moderne).

The Mini-Museum I visited is located in the basement of modernist bulding "Bankowiec" (see its picture here) built in 1935. It has 9 floors and a few staircases and was one of the biggest buildings in Gdynia. It was also one of the most modern ones - it has the first underground parking-lot, a bunker in case of city bombing, as the war (II WW) was soon to come and its materials were of the highest quality. The building's architectural style is called Streamline Moderne or Art Moderne (and is part of Art Deco architecture). To simplify I called the interiors "Art Deco" which they are not exactly, though there are Art Deco elements.

The museum is a private iniciative of Mrs Maria Piradoff-Link, one of the bulding's inhabitants. In the basements she gathered objects from the original fitting of the apartmens from 1935. Some of the objects are donated by the inhabinats but Mrs Maria would also find some of the furniture in the garbage, thoughlessly thrown out. In the museum we can see a kitchen, bathroom, living-room with the fitting - linen press, radio, taps etc.

After 4 years from the opening it still is a low-budget private museum but I loved it and I hope the city of Gdynia is finally going to develop it!


 The staircase


Art Deco design, interiors, Europe


Art Deco design, interiors, Europe


Art Deco design, interiors, Europe





Art Deco design, interiors, Europe


Art Deco design, interiors, Europe


Art Deco design, interiors, Europe

Mailboxes



Art Deco design, interiors, Europe


The list of inhabitants




Bathroom devices


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Art Deco design, interiors, Europe, corset tiles
The floor with corset tiles is charming!

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe
Child's bathtub

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe
 this Art Deco tap has a cute shape :-)

Rooms
Art Deco design, interiors, Europe

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe
Cradle

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe
Radio

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe

Above: in each apartment there were, except of the regular ones, also black light bulbs. They were to be used in case of city bombing and gave only punctual light.


Kitchen


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typical Art Deco cristals

Art Deco design, interiors, Europe

 Art Deco design, interiors, Europe



Corset floors

Art Deco, corset tiles, Europe


Art Deco, corset tiles, Europe

Corset cookies :-)


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