Product ID: 02071
Vintage "Brasiliana" armchair designed in 1965 by Jorge Zalszupin as an homage to the 1964 inauguration of Brasilia, the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Brazilian capital.
Jacaranda wood structure and wooden carved upholstery buttons, voluminous cushions, bolster pillow and brass hardware.
Sold as a set of two or individually.
About Jorge Zalszupin (Vintage)
Jorge Zalszupin was born in Poland in 1922 and at the age of fifteen was irresistibly attracted to a book he saw in a bookstore shop window. When he opened that book with small letters LC (Le Corbusier) printed in gold on a jute cover, he became irreconcilably seduced by Architecture. He studied during the war and when he graduated in 1945, disillusioned with the destruction he saw in his city, he decided to look for other lands. After some time in France he came to Brazil where he found conditions to develop his unique, poetical, sensual, and modern architecture.
For the clients to accept his bold ideas, he first had to build his own house. From there, to design his own furniture to fit his architecture was only a natural result. The wood available, the desire to build a new post-war world, the wave of development in Brazil at that time were ideal conditions so that his creations were very well accepted by the open minds of the day. With time, his line of furniture with pure lines, graceful execution, and noble, comfortable, and timeless materials, was industrialized. His brand, L’Atelier spread throughout Brazil and his showrooms were benchmarks of modernity. In Brasília, during the 60's and 70's, no public building was left without his mark on them.
The factory had a world-class infrastructure infused with designers, architects, engineers, craftsmen, and full-scale support of professionals that provided everything from researching materials to the final product manufactured and sold. And Jorge was a generous master with an attentive eye but confident in his collaborators who were free to express their own creativity. A great architect, a great designer, but mostly a great man.
Brief Biography by Laila Andrade Guimarães – Architect for L’ Atelier from 1966 to 1976.