Unearthed on Retronaut and recently spotlighted on Flavorwire are these midcentury illustrations from a decades-old Soviet dictionary. From jewel-toned, fringed lamps to folksy, khokhloma-printed bistro sets to recliner chairs with a sort of vintage Ikea vibe, each page is a potent dose of Soviet design schmaltz. It's unclear whether it's because the drawings are from the 1950s or because they're from Soviet Russia, or some combination of both, but the illustrations are notably quaint, especially considering the bonkers 1970s design that emerged only a few decades later. Behold more wistful pages from the Soviet Trade Dictionary below.
· Vintage Illustrations from a Midcentury Soviet Dictionary [Flavorwire]
· 1956-1961: Soviet Trade Dictionary [Retronaut]
· Here Now, a Dozen Amazing and Marvelous Vintage Ikea Ads [Curbed National]
· Here Now, Unbelievable Photos From a 1970s Design Tome [Curbed National]