New Tendencies in Modern Design. The Revival of Old Russian Traditions: Research Project of the Russian Academy of Arts

The Research Project from the cycle “Traditions and Nowadays” and “Nowadays and Traditions” of the Russian Academy of Arts is aimed at inspiring designers for creative work connected with Russian national traditions.

The Project includes the exhibition “Nowadays and Traditions” held October 18-26, 2016 in the halls of the International Public association “The Union of Designers” (5 Bolshoi Kiselny Pereulok, Moscow) and the research conference “The Old Russian Art in Modern Design” that took place in the White Hall of the Russian Academy of Arts (21 Prechistenka street, Moscow) on October 21, 2016.

In recent years, the elements of Russian style increasingly appear in modern design around the world – from fashion shows of famous fashion designers to the design and construction of wooden houses in the national style.

The Old Russian Traditions in Modern Design is part of the research project of the Russian Academy of Arts that is being implemented since 2014 on the site of the largest in Russia and unique archaeological monument “The Hillfort of Old Ryazan”.

The main goal of the project is to assist modern designers in studying the world of ancient Russia, to learn the techniques and skills of our ancestors which were passed down from century to century and are still close and easily understood by today’s generation. Reviving the national traditions and images in modern design we try to restore the connection of times.        

The pre-Mongol period is called the “golden age” of Russian art. And now, largely the only opportunity to study the Russian culture of the pre-Tatar-Mongol invasion is a research of archaeological works of the 10-13th centuries allowing to reveal   important elements and methods of production to be used in modern design development.

The research conference “The Old Russian Art in Modern Design” has dealt with ancient traditions, old forging and jewelry technologies, production of glass, ceramics and many others. It was an efficient dialogue of designers with architects and museum workers involved in the study of old artifacts.  

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