Hana Kučerová-Záveská

March 21, 1904 in Prague (Praha), Czechia
Nov. 7, 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden


Czech article, but you can see a picture of her, her projects for houses and furniture.

Frank Dietze translated from the Czech article above this shortend English version:

"I love my job very much; it is certainly suitable for women who have artistic inclinations, a sense of precision and a little entrepreneurship. I studied architecture for five years with prof. Janák at the School of Arts and Crafts, where I went to after graduating from high school. Only the time of beautiful studies, when one begins to understand the great possibilities of modern architecture, its influence on the new arrangement of the whole way of life. Annual excursions abroad developed and confirmed these views. I chose a family house, an apartment building and home furnishings as my field. I am committed to the programme of modern architecture: the purposefulness of the floor plan, simple, comfortable and affordable furniture, the liberation of women from unnecessary housework. I think that women with their experience could think about this field precisely and in the consequences. "
The young architect entrusted this to the readers of the women's weekly Eva in 1928.

Milada Petříková-Pavlíková was the first woman in Czechoslovakia, that graduated in architecture in 1921. In 1927 Hana Kučerová-Záveská graduated from the architectural specialty at Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, short Umprum) in Prague.

Shortly after graduation, Hana designed the interior of a three-bedroom apartment in a residential building of the Association of the Czechoslovak Werkbund (Svaz československého díla) at the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture in Brno in 1928. the author of the house was Josef Havlíček. Besides other architects Záveská were commissioned to design individual interiors.
This realization was a success and soon guaranteed her a number of new jobs. She started cooperating with the Artěl cooperative and with the furniture company Spojené uměleckopryslulové závody (UP) in Brno. She also designed furniture for the large restaurant Barrandov Terraces in Prague (1929), which was later mass-produced for many years.

Only two architectural projects of her were realized in the Baba settlement in Prague-Dejvice. It was the villa of the composer and lyricist Karel Balling (Na Babě 5) and the villa of the family Suk (Na ostrohu 49). Both houses were completed in 1932.

She published a number of articles in magazines like Styl, Stavitel, Družstevní práce, Žijeme, etc. She was a co-author of the anthology of the Association of the Czechoslovak Werkbund.

She married Dr. Vladimír Kučera, thw Czechoslovak ambassador in Sweden. She lived in Stockholm from 1937 until her death on November 7, 1944.


Prague (Praha), Czechia
Single family house "Karel Balling" of the Baba Estate