Zbyněk Hřivnáč for the Hotel Praha
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.
Design Period: 1970-1980
Materials: Leather and stained beech