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Jorge Zalszupin Sofa in Fiberglass and Velvet

$11,800

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Jorge Zalszupin, three seat sofa, fiberglass, velvet, Brazil, 1960s This rare sofa by Brazilian master Jorge Zalszupin put emphasize on combining functionality with an aesthetically pleasing layout for daily use. This particular model in fiberglass is currently hard-to-find as most of these chairs are fully executed in a fabric. A convincing appearance achieved by bold shapes and curvaceous lines discernible in the frame and the cushions. The fiberglass functions as a shell that holds the khaki green velvet cushions together in a refined manner. Geometry is at the forefront of this piece, expressed through clear lines and symmetrical features. A prime example is the 90-degree angle visible on both sides. Due to the great proportions and well-sized armrests this sofa provides great comfort. Jorge Zalszupin (1922-), born in Warsaw, emigrated to Brazil as he wanted to '[...] emigrate far from Europe, impoverished by the constant wars, content in its past and against any sort of progress [...].' Zalszupin worked in a variety of areas such as design, architecture and interior design. He was a true designer of his time and place: using local wood and the most up to date techniques. Zalzupin was very much invested in Brazilian architecture: '[...] the architecture was new. There was none of that clinging to the past like there was in France.' This was also the reason that Zalszupin started l'Atelier: to manufacture the designs that fitted the new architecture and culture of Brazil. He treated the wood with loving care and designed both domestic and office furniture. Zalsupin is seen as one of the most important 20th century designers.

Details

  • Creator
    Jorge Zalszupin (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.56 in (70 cm)Width: 78.75 in (200 cm)Depth: 35.44 in (90 cm)Seat Height: 13.78 in (35 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftsmen in our in-house workshop. Special restoration or reupholstery requests can be done. We guarantee a very high-quality standard, ask our design specialists for detailed information.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 501122201stDibs: LU933131195962

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About the Designer

Jorge Zalszupin

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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About the Seller
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Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly examines each piece to determine what, if any, work needs to be done. Whether that means new upholstery or a complete restoration, Morentz's aim is always to honor the designer’s intention while fulfilling the wishes of the client. The team is up to any challenge, from restoring a single piece to its original glory to furnishing a large-scale hotel project.

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