U-450 Chest of Drawers by Jiri Jiroutek
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Vintage Stackable Sideboards by Jiri Jiroutek for Interier Praha, 1960s
Lounge Chairs & Coffee Table Set by A. Kropáček and K. Koželka, 1960s
Vintage Dining Chair by Miroslav Navratil, 1970s
Founded in 1950, Czech furniture manufacturer Interier Praha was active at a vital moment in Czech design history and helped to transform the character of the region’s interiors alongside TON (the Czech wing of Thonet), UP Závody, Mücke-Melder, and more. Albeit obscured by few available historical details, the company was most saliently active in the 1960s, the decade during which it commissioned a number of enduring Bauhaus-inspired designs from legendary Czech modernist designers like Jiri Joroutek, Jindřich Halabala, Miroslav Navratil, and the duo Karel Kozelka and Antonin Kropacek.
Interier Praha’s catalogue included, , and variety of designed for both households and offices. The minimalist, often tubular steel designs reflected the influence of pioneering modernists like Le Corbusier, Mart Stam, Adolf Loos, Marcel Breuer and LLudwig Mies van der Rohe. Standout pieces include Kropacek and Kozelka’s armchairs and lounge chairs (ca. 1950s), which garnered silver medals at the Milano Triennale in 1944 and 1946, respectively; Jindřich Halabala’s HF11 cantilevered lounge chair (ca. 1950s); Jiří Jiroutek’s opaline glass coffee tables, and his ocher and neapolitan U-450 series of wood-veneered sideboards (both 1960s); as well as a few late career designs by Miroslav Navratil, including his classic green-upholstered daybed (ca. 1960s).
Interier Praha was liquidated in 2004.