When Ben Stiller spent his nights at the museum, he was beset on all sides by carnivorous dinosaurs and rampaging hordes of barbarians, but here in the former Yugoslavia a night at “stay-over museum” Yugodom promises to be much more restful — while just as educational. Think art and design rather than natural history, as Yugodom is an authentic retro home with functional furniture and décor exhibits drawn from the country’s mid-century style, and very much made in Yugoslavia.
Belgrade, once the Yugoslav capital, now lies in Serbia. A sycamore-lined street in the central neighbourhood of Dorćol is home to this home, across the street from the Bajloni farmers’ market and near to the bohemian Skadarlija quarter. A lovely spot, and no wonder — this 1960s property was built as accommodation for important army officials under the military regime, and exhibits a recognisably Eastern European socialist architecture. Local costume designer Mario Milaković is behind the project, rescuing furniture from basements and attics, auctions and antique shops over the course of a year before restoring them to their former glory. As well as appealing to design retronauts, Yugodom also serves as a historical reminder of the country’s social history, and tells the tale of life in the former Yugoslavia through its many fascinating objects, pictures, books and memorabilia.