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Pair of Jorge Zalszupin for L'Atalier Brazilian Modern Lounge Chairs, circa 1960

$5,700per set
$12,000per set52% Off


Newly imported from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this rarely available pair of T-chairs by Jorge Zalszupin and manufactured by L'Atalier encapsulates the quality and innovation of his designs. Comprised of a sleek chrome frame that has a similar base as the "Presidencial" chair that supports the tufted seat and back cushions which are attached to frame via looped upholstery straps, securing them in place. A phenomenal designer substitute to the Barcelona lounge chair by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International. The scare appearance of these club chairs would be a perfect addition to any design lovers interior concept. The neutral color would compliment various locations such as a living room, den, games room, study, or bedroom. They would also be Apt in a hospitality or corporate location such as, a boutique hotel, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. These side chairs would pair wonderfully with low tables, credenza's or desks from Sergio Rodrigues, Percival Lafer and other Brazilian Modern or Mid-Century Modern items. Measurements: 29" H x 24" W x 25" D Seat height 16.5" Very good vintage condition, ready to be used immediately or can be reupholstered to a new fabric or leather of your selection.


  • Creator
    L'Atelier San Paulo (Manufacturer),Jorge Zalszupin (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Depth: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Seat Height: 16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330213050392

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About Jorge Zalszupin (Designer)

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), there was Jorge Zalszupin, who arrived from Poland in 1949 and has since created consistently sleek and elegant chairs, tables and cabinets 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 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 is 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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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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