Jorge Zalszupin

7 April - 31 May 2022
  • Jorge Zalszupin

  • Jerzy Zalszupin was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1922. In 1939 he escaped with his family to Bucharest where he...

    Jerzy Zalszupin was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1922. In 1939 he escaped with his family to Bucharest where he studied architecture. At the end of the Second World War, his family moved to Northern France, where Jerzy worked on the housing reconstruction. In 1949 he moved to Brazil, the only country that would grant an entry visa to his family. Zalszupin started to work with fellow countryman and architect Luciano Korngold in Sao Paulo. In the late 1950s he acquired Brazilian citizenship and adopted the name ‘Jorge’.

     

  • L'Atelier

    L'Atelier showroom in 1960 at Cojunto Nacional, an important building and commercial centre in Sao Paulo. 

    L'Atelier

    The 1950's saw the consolidation of the Brazilian modernist movement in art and architecture. Jorge Zalszupin began designing furniture as part of his architectural commissions at the requests of his clients who wished for cohesion between their modern homes and their interiors.  In 1959, he established L’Atelier with the vision of creating a successful harmony between architecture and furniture. L’Atelier was a design collective that comprised collective that comprised architects, engineers and craftsmen as well as a full-scale team of professionals that did everything from researching materials to finalizing the product. L’Atelier showrooms became a benchmark of modernity.

  • Composable bookcase , ca. 1960 Jacaranda, wood 152 x 250 x 40 cm - variable (60 x 98 1/2 x...
    Composable bookcase , ca. 1960 
    Jacaranda, wood 
    152 x 250 x 40 cm - variable  (60 x 98 1/2 x 16 in - variable) 
    Manufactured by L'Atelier
  • “The customers were looking for conventional furniture, with proportions, with brass supports, simple stuff with clean lines using expensive materials, leather, using dressed and laminated hardboard. You could say they were well finished articles that treated the wood with loving care, like in the production of the Danish furniture”.  

  • Pair of rare high-backed armchairs, 1958 Wood, light linen fabric, solid rosewood, brass 92 x 82 x 85 cm (36... Pair of rare high-backed armchairs, 1958 Wood, light linen fabric, solid rosewood, brass 92 x 82 x 85 cm (36... Pair of rare high-backed armchairs, 1958 Wood, light linen fabric, solid rosewood, brass 92 x 82 x 85 cm (36...
    Pair of rare high-backed armchairs, 1958
    Wood, light linen fabric, solid rosewood, brass 
    92 x 82 x 85 cm (36 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 33 1/2 in) 
    Manufactured by L’Atelier
  • Pair of Dinamarquesa armchairs, 1956 Caviuna Brazilian Rosewood, brass feet with wood finish. 67 x 70 x 75 cm (26...
    Pair of Dinamarquesa armchairs, 1956 Caviuna Brazilian Rosewood, brass feet with wood finish. 67 x 70 x 75 cm (26...
    Pair of Dinamarquesa armchairs, 1956
    Caviuna Brazilian Rosewood, brass feet with wood finish.
    67 x 70 x 75 cm (26 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 29 1/2 in) 
    Manufactured by L'Atelier
  • One of the most representative pieces created by Jorge Zalszupin production, the Dinamarquesa armchair was produced in 1959 and manufactured...

    Jorge Zalszupin in his residence, sitting on the Dinamarquesa armchair. 

    One of the most representative pieces created by Jorge Zalszupin production, the Dinamarquesa armchair was produced in 1959 and manufactured by L’Atelier. It did not respond to a specific commission and was spontaneously conceived by the designer who considered it his favorite piece of furniture. The Dinamarquesa takes cues from mid•century Danish design, fittingly, its name means Danish girl in Portuguese.

    Zalszupin experimented with shapes, exploring the limits and the strength provided by caviuna wood and proving as well the qualities of his artisanal carpentry work. The arms, legs and croosbeams vary in thickness and width along their length, giving an elegant and delicate figure to the whole structure.

     

    • Jorge Zalszupin, Pair of Presidential armchairs, 1959 - 65
      Jorge Zalszupin, Pair of Presidential armchairs, 1959 - 65
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    • Jorge Zalszupin, Pair of rare armchairs , ca. 1960
      Jorge Zalszupin, Pair of rare armchairs , ca. 1960
  • Exceptional set of eight chairs, ca. 1960 Rosewood, steel and fabric 80 x 45 x 53 cm (31 1/2 x... Exceptional set of eight chairs, ca. 1960 Rosewood, steel and fabric 80 x 45 x 53 cm (31 1/2 x... Exceptional set of eight chairs, ca. 1960 Rosewood, steel and fabric 80 x 45 x 53 cm (31 1/2 x...
    Exceptional set of eight chairs, ca. 1960
    Rosewood, steel and fabric
    80 x 45 x 53 cm (31 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 20 7/8 in) 
    Manufactured by L’Atelier
  • Jorge Zalszupin's design

    Considered one of the major Brazilian designers of the 20th century, Zalszupin masters the art of blending the European concepts he previously studied with the Brazilian aesthetic particularly. Inspired by the Scandinavian modernist school, he was heavily influenced by the refined minimalism of Danish modernists like Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen. 

    His furniture shows a simple design that follows modern constructive standards with straight and graceful lines and a commitment to quality construction while displaying the designer’s exceptional sense of detail and his knowledgeable use of local and precious woods such as rosewood and Jacaranda. Zalszupin's furniture earned him many commissions, including in Brasilia, where Oscar Niemeyer invited Jorge Zalszupin to be part of the team of talented furniture designers who collaborated on the conception and production of furniture for the new federal capital. The pieces he designed during this time incorporated the luxury of leather and combined it with classical Brazilian wood.

  • Tea Trolley, 1959 Jacaranda, metal and brass 71 x 110 x 50 cm (28 x 43 1/2 x 19 1/2...
    Tea Trolley, 1959
    Jacaranda, metal and brass
    71 x 110 x 50 cm (28 x 43 1/2 x 19 1/2 in)
    Manufactured by L’Atelier
  • Ambassador desk, ca. 1960 Massive rosewood, rosewood veneer, brass and chrome finishings 75 x 190 x 90 cm (29 1/2...
    Ambassador desk, ca. 1960
    Massive rosewood, rosewood veneer, brass and chrome finishings 
    75 x 190 x 90 cm (29 1/2 x 74 3/4 x 35 3/8 in) 
    Manufactured by L'Atelier
     
     
    • Jorge Zalszupin, Sideboard, ca. 1960
      Jorge Zalszupin, Sideboard, ca. 1960
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    • Jorge Zalszupin, Sideboard, ca. 1960
      Jorge Zalszupin, Sideboard, ca. 1960
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  • Sideboard, ca. 1960 Jacaranda 72 x 250 x 40 cm (28 3/8 x 98 3/8 x 15 3/4 in) Manufactured...
    Sideboard, ca. 1960 Jacaranda 72 x 250 x 40 cm (28 3/8 x 98 3/8 x 15 3/4 in) Manufactured...
    Sideboard, ca. 1960 Jacaranda 72 x 250 x 40 cm (28 3/8 x 98 3/8 x 15 3/4 in) Manufactured...
    Sideboard, ca. 1960
    Jacaranda
    72 x 250 x 40 cm (28 3/8 x 98 3/8 x 15 3/4 in)
    Manufactured by L'Atelier