Aaand we’re back. Well, sort of. You’ve probably noticed the large gap in time between this newsletter and the previous one. Initially, I had some life things that needed attention but then decided to enjoy a short digital detox as I always do from time to time. That abruptly came to an end when I learned that Russia had invaded Ukraine. It made me question why I even write this newsletter. The main reason I started it was to distract myself from the lousy state the world was in at the time and maybe make others feel better about things. I find that harder to do right now when so many innocent people are being killed or having to flee their homes. It bothers me. I don’t fully feel comfortable sharing links of beautiful interiors and architecture at the moment. I hope you stick around for when things go back to normal, but this is the best I can do for now.
The Tabletochki Charity Foundation is working to transport children with cancer in Ukraine, who are at risk of losing their treatments, to medical facilities elsewhere
It’s Nice That has compiled a great list of resources to help support the people of Ukraine
And here’s another list of humanitarian efforts among the design and interiors community
Through online platforms, thousands have opened their homes to Ukraine’s refugees
People around the world are booking Airbnb properties in Ukraine to help fleeing hosts
Airbnb to offer free housing for Ukrainian refugees
Fearful for Ukraine’s cultural heritage
How the Hermitage Museum artwashes Russian aggression
Directors of Russia’s top art museums and fairs are resigning en masse
The art world is responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine by hiding famous works underground and wrapping museums in barbed wire
Ukrainian artists are building anti-tank obstacles
Russian-owned Phillips to donate the entire net proceeds from latest sale—$7.7M—to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society
UNESCO issues statement over the fate of Ukrainian landmarks
Global appeals to protect Ukraine’s architectural and cultural heritage
Ukraine’s architectural treasures face destruction
Ukrainian architecture is under threat
At least 30 listed Ukrainian heritage sites have been destroyed or seriously damaged
Should Kyiv erase its Soviet past or learn to live with history?
A short film on Soviet modernism, brutalism, and post-modernism in Ukraine
How architecture has reacted to the war in Ukraine
An insider’s guide to the Ukrainian closed city of Dnipro
A small wooden church outside Kyiv hides the treasures of a cosmonautics museum
Kyiv's colorful city-within-a-city
A once bland Ukrainian apartment now bursts with colorful energy
A minimalist Kyiv apartment is designed as a calming oasis
An apartment of poetic modernism in Kyiv
Dark colors and natural textures create a cozy Kyiv apartment
That's all for this week. I can't help thinking how many places mentioned above might be destroyed by the time you read this. It’s a strange thing to have to think about.
As always, I’m grateful you’re a reader of B&C, and I look forward to the day we can return to the good old happy newsletter. Until then, take care of yourself and your loved ones.