Jorge Zalszupin Sideboard in Rosewood
Jorge Zalszupin for L'Atelier, sideboard, rosewood and metal, Brazil, 1960s.
This cabinet was designed by Jorge Zalszupin for L'Atelier. It features a highly detailed rosewood veneer which creates a unique and exceptional surface. The steel hinges are in line with its timeless design. The piece is quintessential for modern Brazilian design by Zalszupin. Robustness and simplicity characterize the aesthetics of this modular piece. Another typical aspect that marks the design of Zalszupin is the use of different strips of rosewood, a habit that he discovered when using left over scraps at l'Atelier.
The piece shows signs of age and use. It will be fully restored by the experienced craftsmen in our in-house atelier, with high attention for the authenticity of this piece.
Jorge Zalszupin (1922), was born in Warsaw, and emigrated to Brazil as he wanted to get far from the Europe he knew, impoverished by the constant wars. Zalszupin had the opinion that European design was content in its past and against any sort of progress and he wanted to get far from that. 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. There was none of that 'clinging to the past' as was happening in France."
This was also the reason that Zalszupin started l'Atelier, to manufacture the designs that fitted this new architecture and modern culture of Brazil. He treated wood with loving care and designed both domestic and office furniture. Zalsupin is seen as one of the most important 20th century designers.