Petalas coffee table
Manufactured by L’Atelier
H. 30 W. 128 D. 128 cm
Literature : Jorge Zalszupin, M-C Loschiavo, Olhares, 2014, p. 156-157
Jerzy Zalszupin was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1922. In 1939 he escaped with his family to Bucharest where he studied architecture. At the end of the Second World War, his family moved to France where Jorge worked on the housing reconstruction in the Northern Region.
In 1949, he moved to Brazil, the only country that granted the entry visa to his family. After many unfruitful attempts to get a position in Rio de Janeiro, Zalszupin moved to Sao Paulo to work with a fellow- countryman and architect Luciano Korngold. In the late fities he opened his own studio, he acquired Brazilian citizenship, and adopted the name “Jorge”.
In 1959 he created l’Atelier, a company that designed furniture for both offices and residential use. His brand was very successful throughout Brazil and L’Atelier showrooms became a benchmark of modernity.
In Brasilia, during the 60’s and 70’s, no public building was left without his mark. Within the Atelier, Jorge created a truly innovative working structure with designers, architects, engineers, craftsmen, and the full- scale support of professionals in materials research, manufacturing and sales.
Zalszupin’s furniture reflects the combination of modern constructive standards, inspired primarily by the Scandinavian modernist school, with graceful lines and exceptional sense of detail and the knowledgeable use of local woods.
Today, Jorge Zalszupin lives in Sao Paolo.