A Kommunalka -notes from the undergroundWhile looking at videos of micro apartments w/no bathroom but it is down the hall... A communal apartment in 1917 was the same concept except there was also a shared kitchen and living room of sorts besides a shared bathroom. It basically was meant to take a large house and divide the rooms into sleeping areas for multiple people. The dorm room experience but with family. some families had a 15x21 or 18x? but most were 14 or 15X 9,10.12. The smallest I have found was an 8x14 Kommunalka. Micro apartments in NY are not new but most lack a commons area and communal kitchen very few do.
From the book, it said the main character's room was simple and sparse with only an over sized sofa where he slept and a small table with a single chair. but most "apartments" had at least 1 small closet..
a small dresser where a wash basin with a pitcher of water was common of the era but I did give the room a few quirky hooks.
a Pitcher for water, a pitcher for ?? and as per the book, tea was brought along with some left over supper. Also some soup when he was ill as he did not eat the supper from the night before as it still sits... I do think the tea server is within the style of the era in which the book was written.
I did add a nice ceiling light. However candle light or portable oil lamps were still very much used especially for those on a very limited income.
as there are no programs within this app to destress or age the wallpaper or other items, it is not to the book in character, but this is what I sort of seen in my minds eye when reading... and due to the financial nature I did take the second smallest room size they offered during 1917 to date.
In reading Notes from the Underground it is interesting that the main character sleeps on his over stuffed sofa.. so no loft concept yet however I have seen pictures of old homes that today still do the shared communal living have a young collage student have a loft bed to increase his living space.
Family with all they dynamics included was still at the time the core center, so included are the many pictures I believe the main character would have with him in his humble abode.