JORGE ZALSZUPIN

BORN 1922, WARSAW, POLAND. LIVES IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

IN 1949, RIGHT IN THE HEAT OF THE CARNIVAL, JERZY ZALSZUPIN, A YOUNG ARCHITECT BORN IN POLAND, DISEMBARKED THE SHIP HE HAD BOARDED IN FRANCE A COUPLE WEEKS EARLIER. LEAVING THE RUINS OF THE OLD WORLD, HE RANG UPON ARRIVAL LUCIANO KORNGOLD, A FELLOW POLISH ARCHITECT WHO HAD AN OFFICE IN SAO PAULO AND IMMEDIATELY OFFERED HIM A POSITION. THE REST IS HISTORY : JERZY MARRIED A CLERK AT A FRENCH BOOKSHOP NAMED ANNETTE, AND AFTER ACQUIRING CITIZENSHIP AND BECOMING JORGE, FOUNDED L'ATELIER IN 1959, WHICH WOULD BECOME ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FURNITURE COMPANIES IN BRAZIL. STARTING AS A SMALL WORKSHOP WHERE JORGE HAD BROUGHT TOGETHER A TEAM OF HIGHLY-SKILLED CRAFTSMEN, L'ATELIER SOON TURNED INTO A POWER HOUSE, A DIRECT COMPETITOR TO SERGIO RODRIGUES' OCA, WITH 300 EMPLOYEES AT THE END OF THE 1960'S AND OUTLETS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY - AND EVEN IN THE US. ZALSZUPIN'S PIONEERING USE OF PLYWOOD AND CHROMED METAL BECAME THE SIGNATURE OF L'ATELIER FURNITURE, BUT THE COMPANY ALSO HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE INTRODUCTION ON THE BRAZILIAN MARKET OF INJECTION-MOLDED PLASTIC OBJECTS - L'ATELIER WAS THE LICENSEE FOR ROBIN DAY'S HILLE CHAIR. IN THE EARLY 1980'S, ZALSZUPIN LEFT L'ATELIER IN ORDER TO DEVOTE HIMSELF TO ARCHITECTURE. AFTER RELOCATING IN THE 1990'S IN PARIS, HE NOW LIVES PEACEFUL DAYS IN HIS HOUSE OF JARDIM AMERICA IN SAO PAULO. IN 2012, HE RETURNED TO POLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 60 YEARS. 

JORGE ZALZUPIN i CARRINHO DE CHÁ (EARLY VERSION), 1959 i JACARANDA, BRASS, IRON

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