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Jorge Zalszupin “Presidencial” Rosewood Sofa for L’Atelier



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 chrome-plated steel sled legs. The incorporation of various materials exemplifies the designer's organic and Industrial aesthetic. This piece features a slatted bentwood back and modern curves that are truly eye-catching, innovative, and provide optimal comfort. Recently meticulously refinished and reupholstered in a new custom Italian leather by our expert artisans, this exceptional Mid-Century Modern sofa ensures many more years of use.


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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), 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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A specialist in mid-century modern furnishings and decorative arts, Danish Modern LA focuses on Scandinavian and American pieces by iconic designers like Hans J. Wegner, Greta M. Grossman, Finn Juhl, George Nelson and Florence Knoll. For the past 15 years, the firm’s talented and dedicated artisans have been refreshing and refinishing ...

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