• Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s
  • Cubist Armchair/ Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha/ 1970s

Cubist Armchair
Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha
1970s

$10,998

Description:

An upholstered leather armchair designed by Czechoslovak designer, Zbyněk Hřivnáč, during the 1970s for the Hotel Praha. 

Commissioned by the Communist Party in Czechoslovakia, construction began on the Hotel Praha in 1975. Beyond hosting the communist delegation, one of the salient aims of the Hotel was to entertain and impress foreign visitors. 

Amidst a backdrop of austerity in the years prior to the Velvet Revolution, the Hotel was an architectural emblem created by some of the leading architects and designers in the former communist state. The colossal, curved building covered 9800 square-meters and  comprised 136 rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool, and bowling alley. 

Few examples of the furniture from this once immense Gesamtkunstwerk survive. However, this leather armchair, with its throne-like proportions, gridded frame and sculptural padded upholstery, is a piece truly expressive of the monumental decadence that characterised this communist-era hotel. Its wide portions echo the sprawling dimensions of the former Hotel Praha which was demolished in 2014.  

Specifications:

Designer: Zbyněk Hřivnáč (b.1932)
Design Period: 1970-1980
Materials: Leather and stained beech 
Height: 74cm
Width: 79cm
Length:80cm