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Robert Slezak Wardrobes

Robert Slezak wardrobe Slezak, Czechoslovakia
By Robert Slezák
Located in London, GB
was nationalised. This three door wardrobe by Slezak is a lovely example of the furniture they
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Vintage 1930s Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Steel

Restored Bauhaus Chromed Tubular Steel Wardrobe from Robert Slezak, 1930s
By Robert Slezák
Located in Żory, PL
This Bauhaus-style wardrobe was manufactured by Robert Slezak in Bystrice pod Hostynem (Czech
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Vintage 1930s Bauhaus Wardrobes and Armoires

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Steel, Chrome

Walnut Bauhaus Wardrobe Made in Czechia by Robert Slezak, 1930-1939
By Robert Slezák
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Original walnut wardrobe made in Czechia by Robert Slezak Period: 1930-1939 Condition: Original
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Early 20th Century Czech Bauhaus Wardrobes and Armoires

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Original Bauhaus wardrobe by Rudolf Slezak in a 1930s emerald green color
By Robert Slezák
Located in PRAHA 4, CZ
This wonderful wardrobe is a factory design by the Czechoslovakian manufacturer Robert Slezak. It
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Vintage 1930s Czech Bauhaus Wardrobes and Armoires

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Art Deco-Streamline 3-Door Wardrobe, Chrome-Plated Metal, Walnut Veneer, c 1935
By Robert Slezák, Hana Kucerova-Zaveska
Located in Berlin, DE
manufactured by Robert Slezák Company, circa 1935. The outstanding form of this wardrobe is the expression of a
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2010s Czech Art Deco Cupboards

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Art Deco-Streamline 2-Door Wardrobe, Chrome-Plated Metal, Walnut Veneer, c 1935
By Hana Kucerova-Zaveska, Robert Slezák
Located in Berlin, DE
manufactured by Robert Slezák Company, circa 1935. The outstanding form of this wardrobe is the expression of a
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2010s Czech Art Deco Cupboards

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By Robert Slezák
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Bauhaus Wardrobe by Robert Slezák Bystrice, Czechoslowakia circa 1930 in Green
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Art Deco-Streamline 2-Door Wardrobe, Chrome-Plated Metal, Walnut Veneer
By Robert Slezák, Hana Kucerova-Zaveska
Located in Berlin, DE
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Robert Slezák for sale on 1stDibs

Best known for his sleek, Bauhaus style, designer Robert Slezák was a pioneer in the manufacturing of chrome and bent-metal furniture during the early 20th century.

Born in the town of Bystřice pod Hostýnem in today’s Czech Republic, Slezák originally trained as a locksmith and in 1908 established a locksmith’s workshop in his hometown. What began as a small business providing common locksmith products grew into the Slezák Factory, which made brass fittings for furniture and buildings. In 1911, Slezák became one of the first manufacturers in Europe to use a galvanic coating of copper, chromium and nickel on the surface of his products. 

Starting in 1913, Slezák focused on designing and producing brass and metal furniture with wood accents, like chairs, beds and tables. By the 1930s, Slezák’s furniture style began to evolve towards mid-century modern and Bauhaus design, leading to streamlined and tubular three-seat sofas, stools, bent-metal chairs, wood and chrome coffee tables, desks, lighting and cabinets. During this time, Slezák also collaborated with the Czech furniture company Ton N.P. Bystřice pod Hostýnem on pieces including his Bauhaus chrome and walnut side table

After 1948, Slezák’s firm became part of the Kovona furniture-making company, which continued to produce and recreate Slezák’s designs from the 1950s to the 1980s. Since 1992, the Czech furniture manufacturer has been known as Kovonax.

Today, Slezák’s designs remain highly sought after by interior designers and collectors of mid-century and Bauhaus furniture.

On 1stDibs, find a range of vintage Robert Slezák seating, tables, lighting and more.

Finding the Right wardrobes-armoires for You

When shopping for antique and vintage wardrobes and armoires for your home, there are several things to keep in mind, not least of which is question number 1:

What is the difference between an armoire and a wardrobe?

The difference between an armoire and a wardrobe is actually simple: An armoire is merely an ornate wardrobe. A wardrobe is a tall, streamlined storage cabinet that usually has some combination of drawers, shelves and hanging rods.

Antique and vintage armoires, on the other hand, are freestanding, heavy wooden structures that typically feature decorative metal hinges and pictorial carvings. Armoires are large cabinets that aren’t outfitted with the varied storage features that wardrobes now commonly have. Armoires often have one or two doors and a hanging bar and allow for quick access. Whether a minimalist mid-century modern wardrobe or grandiose Victorian-era armoire is the right fit for you, both are highly functional furnishings and can be a smart storage solution.

Armoires have been around since medieval times, and initially they may have housed weapons and armor. In their early days, armoires were often adorned with elaborate carvings and lavish paintings, particularly in Renaissance-era France. During the 18th century and later, armoires were widely known as “presses” for hanging clothes, and they were so large that they swallowed up the room where they stood.

In today’s modern homes, an antique armoire can be a striking, architectural work of art amid comparably unadorned furnishings. Whether you’re using your piece in the kitchen for cookware or as a food pantry, in the bedroom for clothes or in the living room as a media console, it will likely become a lovable focal point.

The evolution of the armoire can be seen in today’s corner wardrobes, which may rest on an asymmetrical base to account for corner placement, and even mirrored wardrobes, which feature a mirror affixed to the inside panel of one of the doors for convenience. Contemporary wardrobes commonly feature additional sliding trays and drawers and hanging space for clothing or linens, and the cabinet doors make them ideal for concealing televisions and computer monitors when such devices aren’t in use.

When choosing the right wardrobe or vintage armoire for your home, it’s good to have the following in mind: What are you planning to store in it? How much of what you’re storing will need to be housed in it? It should be big enough to accommodate your needs. What is the size of the room where your wardrobe or armoire will live? A large new piece of furniture in a modest space can easily become a hindrance if you have to navigate your way around it during your daily routine, so be mindful of the area you'll need in order to move freely.

Whether you are looking for an antique walnut armoire or a simple contemporary wardrobe, find the right piece for your home today on 1stDibs.