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Luxury flats in Moscow’s iconic Narkomfin building finally go on sale

23 May 2018 · Moscow · Russia
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  • Image: Ginzburg Architects

  • Image: Ginzburg Architects

  • Image: Ginzburg Architects

  • Image: Ginzburg Architects

  • Image: Ginzburg Architects

The first apartments in Moscow’s iconic Narkomfin building have gone on sale ahead as part of a major renovation of the celebrated constructivist landmark.

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Polish author Olga Tokarczuk wins 2018 Man Booker International Prize

23 May 2018 · Poland
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One of Poland's most prominent authors has been named as the winner of this year's prestigious Man Booker International Prize.

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Get your hands on London’s latest Tube map by Romanian artist Geta Brătescu

22 May 2018 · Romania
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  • Image: Art on the Underground

The London Underground has released its latest pocket map, featuring the work of Romanian artist Geta Brătescu.

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Denim fur coats are now a thing thanks to Ukraine’s Ksenia Schnaider

22 May 2018 · Ukraine
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Kiev-based label Ksenia Schnaider is a fashion brand built on the power of denim. Pre-loved jeans from Ukraine’s street markets are unpicked and reworked to create high-fashion pieces including denim animal print, boxy denim trench coats, and the infamous demi-demin — denim jeans paired with long denim shorts.

Now the brand is reaching new heights for its F/W 2018 collection, releasing the long-awaited denim fur coat.

 

 

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Founded in 2011 by Ukrainian fashion designer Ksenia Marchenko and Russian graphic designer Anton Schnaider, Ksenia Schnaider has long drawn inspiration from uniform work clothes to add a rough edge to their otherwise feminine style. But as well as fitting the label's playful street-style aesthetic, the denim fur coats have another benefit: allowing the brand to reuse and recycle denim off-cuts from other pieces in their collection. 

To see the full Ksenia Schnaider collection, visit their website here

Catch the UK premiere of Polish pop duo Coals with The Calvert Journal’s latest after-party

22 May 2018 · Poland
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Some of Poland’s best young music talent are taking to the stage in London to mark the launch of the latest photography exhibition by Calvert 22 Foundation.

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Polish drama Cold War scoops best director award at Cannes

21 May 2018 · Poland
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Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski has won the coveted best director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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Harmony: meet the young Russian athletes pushed to the edge in this new documentary

18 May 2018 · Chelyabinsk · Russia · Transnistria
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Nestled at the edge of Siberia in Russia’s Ural mountains, Chelyabinsk is one of the most polluted cities on earth.

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Bulgaria’s Buzludzha monument opens its doors for the first time in 8 years

18 May 2018 · Bulgaria
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The Buzludzha monument. Image: Georgios Giannopoulos under a CC licence

The doors of Bulgaria’s iconic Buzludzha monument have been opened for the first time in eight years as preparations get underway to restore the communist-era landmark.

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Polish entrepreneur launches new contemporary art hub in the Swiss Alps

18 May 2018 · Poland
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The Swiss Alps, where Museum Susch will be built. Image: Museum Susch

Polish entrepreneur Grażyna Kulczyk has announced the launch of a new contemporary art centre nestled deep in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

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Follow of the week: meet the photographer hunting hidden post-communist treasures

18 May 2018
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Photographer Alessandro Calvaresi works as a software developer by day. By night, he travel the unusual and unseen corners of the New East as part of his work on the Soviet wallpaper and interior design blog Soviet Innerness with photographer Elena Amabili.

 

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