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Jorge Zalszupin

Brazilian, Polish, 1922-2020

Just as emigrant Europeans — from Kem Weber and Paul Frankl to Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe — helped establish modernist design and architecture in the United States, so too did many of their peers foster the new design aesthetic in Brazil in the middle decades of the 20th century. Along with architect Lina Bo Bardi (from Italy) and Joaquim Tenreiro (from Portugal) — both of whom helped popularize Brazilian modern design and influenced today's generation of Brazilian designers — there was Jorge Zalszupin, who arrived from Poland in 1949 and created consistently sleek and elegant chairs, tables and case pieces using the South American country’s vibrantly grained tropical hardwoods.

Zalszupin was born in Warsaw (his given first name is Jerzy) and went on to study architecture at the École des Beaux Arts in Bucharest, Romania, graduating in 1945. Zalszupin moved to Paris but found few opportunities in the postwar City of Light. He was impressed by articles on the work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer that he saw in the André Bloc–edited magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (Architecture Today). And after sailing to South America, Zalszupin went to work with his fellow Pole and architect Luciano Korngold in São Paulo. Zalszupin began designing furniture as part of his architectural commissions and created several pieces for Niemeyer for use in the new capital city, Brasília. He opened his own design and manufacturing firm, L’Atelier, in 1959.

While Zalszupin cannot be said to have had a signature style, his furniture designs all share a characteristic simplicity and purity of line and form. His work is often compared to that of Danish designers, most especially in their shared commitment to quality construction. He was a master of many materials: travertine marble for tabletops, slung leather for seating, man-made fabrics for upholstery and — his forte — highly figured woods such as jacaranda and rosewood. The latter plays prominently in two of Zalszupin’s best-known lounge chairs: the Brasiliana, with its austere, angular wood frame, and the Presidencial, with its curved seating shell and slatted backrest. Both chairs feature deep cushions and generous proportions in deference to the Brazilian proclivity for long and languid conversations. Yet both pieces — like all Zalszupin designs — possess a striking, tailored grace that would be perfect in any environment.

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Iconic Designs from Jorge Zalszupin
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Jorge Zalszupin Presidencial Lounge Armchair
Jorge Zalszupin Presidencial Lounge Armchair
Petalas Coffee Table
Petalas Coffee Table
Petalas Side Table
Petalas Side Table
Brazilian Modern Armchairs in Hardwood & Brown Fabric, Jorge Zalszupin, c. 1950s
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in New York, NY
Available today in NYC with free domestic shipping included, these Pair of Armchairs in Hardwood and Brown Fabric, by Jorge Zalszupin made in the fifties in Brazil are nothing less t...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Jorge Zalszupin

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Velvet, Hardwood

Mid-Century Modern Pair of "Cubo" Armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, Brazil, 1960s
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Deerfield Beach, FL
Mid-Century Modern Pair of "Cubo" Armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, Brazil, 1960s Created by renowned Brazilian designer Jorge Zalszupin circa 1960, the "Cubo" - or Cube - armchair is s...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jorge Zalszupin

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Fabric, Plywood

Jorge Zalszupin Presidencial Armchairs
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Washington, DC
Beautiful pair of iconic Presidencial lounge armchairs by Brazilian design master Jorge Zalszupin. Produced in the 1960's, these uniquely shaped chairs feature a curved wood bottom, ...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Jorge Zalszupin

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Metal

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H 31.5 in W 55 in D 31.5 in
Sideboard in Patchwork Venneer, by Jorge Zalszupin, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This exquisite sideboard, a creation of the renowned designer Jorge Zalszupin, epitomizes the elegance of Brazilian mid-century modern design. It is masterfully crafted from a select...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Jorge Zalszupin

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Hardwood

Credenza in Hardwood Patchwork style by Jorge Zalszupin, 1960’s
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in New York, NY
This credenza was designed by Jorge Zalszupin and manufactured by L’Atelier in the 1960s. This piece is part of a whole series of products with modular elements. The buyers could cho...
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Mid-20th Century South American Mid-Century Modern Jorge Zalszupin

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Metal

Jorge Zalszupin. Sideboard "Componivel", c. 1960. Solid wood, wood veneer
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in PARIS, FR
The "Componivel" row designed by Jorge Zalszupin around 1960 embodies the timeless elegance of modern Brazilian design. Made with exceptional mastery, this exceptional piece is made ...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Jorge Zalszupin

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Hardwood, Plywood

Pair of 'Ouro Preto' Lounge Chairs, Jorge Zalszupin, Brazilian MidCentury Modern
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The Ouro Preto lounge chair, designed by Jorge Zalszupin, is a fine representation of Brazilian mid-century modern design, a movement that embraces simplicity, integration with nature, and an affinity for organic shapes and materials. This period in Brazilian design was marked by an innovative fusion of modernist principles with a distinctly Brazilian sensibility, characterized by the use of local materials and a harmonious connection to the surrounding environment. Zalszupin’s design philosophy is evident in the Ouro Preto Lounge Chair’s embrace of Brazil’s rich natural resources, particularly its wood. The chair’s frame is typically crafted from native Brazilian hardwoods, which are known for their durability and beautiful grain. The wood is finished to highlight its natural beauty, with a smooth, polished appearance that enhances the chair's sleek, angular lines. The Ouro Preto chair features a solid, rectangular frame that serves as a foundation for the seat and backrest, creating a geometric profile that is both striking and structurally sound. The armrests are notable for their spherical wooden accents, which add a sculptural element to the design. These wooden spheres serve as a visual and tactile contrast to the straight lines of the frame, illustrating Zalszupin's attention to detail and his ability to blend form and function. The seat and backrest of the chair are upholstered in a plush fabric, often in rich, earthy tones that complement the wood. The upholstery is not only comfortable but also features tufting or stitching that creates a grid-like pattern, adding depth and interest to the design. This element of texture is a subtle nod to the modernist penchant for incorporating geometric forms and patterns into design. Another hallmark of the Ouro Preto Lounge Chair is its low-slung profile, a characteristic of mid-century modern furniture that encourages relaxation and casual living. The chair’s design is not just about aesthetics; it also prioritizes comfort, with a slightly reclined backrest and generous cushioning that invites one to sit back and unwind. In sum, Jorge Zalszupin’s Ouro Preto...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Jorge Zalszupin

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Fabric, Hardwood

'Guanabara' Dining Table, by Jorge Zalszupin, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The Guanabara dining table, presented here in its oval version, which is very rare, is a magnificent example of Jorge Zalszupin's design ethos, blending the warmth of wood with the s...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Jorge Zalszupin

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Concrete

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Jorge Zalszupin furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Jorge Zalszupin furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Jorge Zalszupin were created in the mid-century modern style in south america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Sergio Rodrigues, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, and Percival Lafer. Prices for Jorge Zalszupin furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $151 and can go as high as $80,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $20,561.

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