A trained locksmith from Bystrice pod Hostýnem, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Robert Slezak founded a small metal workshop in 1908. The workshop quickly grew, and in 1913 produced metal chairs. In 1931, it began the production of Bauhaus steel tube furniture such as the classic K10 by Mart Stam. Modern not only in the designs it offered, but also in the way they were sold, Slezak products were offered through catalogues and sold in a network of own-brand shops in the most important towns in Czechoslovakia. During Nazi occupation and World War II, the company had to produce ammunition for anti-aircraft guns and optical parts for Zeiss. After the end of WWII and the takeover of the communists, the factory was nationalised.
This three door wardrobe by Slezak is a lovely example of the furniture they produced and sits within the Bauhaus and Modernist movements. It features curved chrome-plated tubular steel feet, a chrome plated surround, original cylindrical handles, original key and lacquered doors and side panels. It shows its age in a pleasing way with a beautiful patina across the surfaces. Original hinges, rail and name plaque can be found inside.
The piece is missing the original shelves in the left hand side of the unit which can be replaced upon request. Oxidation is present across the chrome. The facade shows scuffs and some small missing areas of lacquer. The wooden back has some areas of missing and flaking veneer.
H179 W160 D56cm