Architect and one of the most significant Czechoslovak interior designers. In 1950s Hřivnáč, apprenticed cabinetmaker, continued his studies in Interior and industrial design. In the beginning of his career, he designed for example the interior of hotel Internacional in Prague, but his most well-known realizations are the ones on which he collaborated with the architects Karel Filsak and Jan Šrámek. In the 1960s, he worked for Czech Airlines and also designed interior of Czechoslovak embassies, such as in London or Washington. He worked in Beta atelier under Jan Šrámek and in 1989 he founded his own studio. He also worked on the interiors of Hotel Praha.
Vodní stavby armchair
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This unique wooden armchair upholstered with genuine leather was probably designed in eighties by a Czech interior designer Zbyněk Hřivnáč. The armchair was made for the building of the headquarters of Water Constructions Prague that was designed by an architect Karel Filsak and its interiors were designed by Zbyněk Hřivnáč. One of his most known projects was the interior of Hotel Praha. The interior of the headquarters of Water Constructions Prague was one of the last complex projects that Zbyněk Hřívnáč designed, in that period of eighties a certain simplicity and use elementary forms are visible in his work. A robust wooden frame supports a seat upholstered with genuine leather that is divided into sections for better comfort. A very similar armchair was designed by Zbyněk Hřivnáč a few years earlier for the Bulgarian embassy in Prague which was together with Water Constructions one of his latest large-scale projects. The armchair is in its original condition with minimal wear and tear visible in the photographs.