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Jorge Zalszupin Sofas

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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Creator: Jorge Zalszupin
Jorge Zalszupin Manhattan Sofa L'atelier Brazil 1960
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Super rare and fully original ‘Manhattan’ sofa designed by Jorge Zalszupin and manufactured in his own company L'Atelier, Brazil 1960. Since few were made by L’Atelier, the Manhattan...
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Jorge Zalszupin Brasiliana sofa L'Atelier Brazil 1959
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A beautiful and sophisticated so called ‘Brasiliana’ sofa designed by Jorge Zalszupin and manufactured by his own company L’Atelier, Brazil 1959. With its thin frame and large cushio...
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Mid-Century Modern Cube Sofa by Brazilian Designer Jorge Zalszupin, 1970s
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Mid-Century Modern 801 Sofa by Brazilian Designer Jorge Zalszupin, 1959
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Midcentury Modern Presidential Sofa by Brazilian Designer Jorge Zalszupin, 1959
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Jorge Zalszupin Brasiliana Sofa, circa 1959
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Located in São Paulo, SP
Brasiliana sofá by Jorge Zalszupin in jacarandá. Wood shows time patina as supposed. Amazing condition. The upholstery was generic made, can be redone by client desire. All original:...
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Upholstery, Rosewood

Jorge Zalszupin “Presidencial” Rosewood Sofa for L’Atelier
By Jorge Zalszupin, L'Atelier San Paulo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic “Presidencial” sofa designed by Jorge Zalsupin for L’Atelier in Brazil, circa 1960s. This rare and sophisticated sofa is comprised of a rosewood frame and enameled steel and c...
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Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern "Cubo" Sofa by Brazilian Designer Jorge Zalszupin
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Located in Clifton, NJ
This recently upholstered cubo (Cube) sofa was designed by Jorge Zalszupin (1922-2020) in the 1970s. The elegance, a feature of Zalszupin designs, on this piece does not come from ...
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Mid-Century Modern "Cubo" Sofa by Brazilian Designer Jorge Zalszupin
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Located in Clifton, NJ
Recently upholstery Cubo (Cube) sofa designed by Jorge Zalszupin at the end of 1970. The sofa’s part of a collection composed of coffee table and armchairs. The elegance, a featur...
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Located in Miami, FL
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Jorge Zalszupin sofas for sale on 1stDibs

The sofas by Jorge Zalszupin are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Jorge Zalszupin sofas there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 9 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. During the 20th century, many of the original sofas by Jorge Zalszupin were created in the mid-century modern style in South America. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by Lafer, Jean Gillon and Sergio Rodrigues. The prices for Jorge Zalszupin sofas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $13,500 and tops out at $34,500, while pieces like these can sell for $23,217 on average.

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