Jorge Zalszupin 'Guanabara' Pedestal Dining Table
Jorge Zalszupin for L'Atelier, dining table 'Guanabara,' in rosewood, leather, metal and concrete, Brazil, 1960s.
Conference table in Brazilian Jaccaranda by Brazilian designer Zalszupin. The table features a very large top with curved sides and one pillar leg. The top is the main feature of this table showing a collega of different tones of rosewood. The use of these varieties of rosewood was an initiative for the rationalization and use of left-over scraps of wood available at the factory. The use of a collage technique allow a combination of different colours. The oval shaped base consist of a concrete pillar with black leather upholstery.
Jorge Zalszupin (1922-), born in Warsaw, emigrated to Brazil as he want to '[...] emigrate far from Europe, impoverished by the constant wars, content in its past and against any sort of progress [...].' Zalszupin worked in a variety of areas such as design, architecture and interior design. He was a true designer of his time and place: using local wood and the most up to date techniques. Zalzupin was very much invested in Brazilian architecture: '[...] the architecture was new. The was none of that clinging to the past like there was in France.' This was also the reason that Zalszupin started l'Atelier: to manufacture the designs that fitted the new architecture and culture of Brazil. He treated the wood with loving care and designed both domestic and office furniture. Zalsupin is seen as one of the most important 20th century designers.
- Móvel. Brasileiro Moderno. Brasil: FGV Projectos, 2012, p. 269.
- Santos, Mario Cecília Loschiavo dos. Jorge Zalszupin. Modern design in Brasil. São Paulo: Olhares, 2014, p. 142 - 145.