Jorge Zalszupin (born 1922)
Jorge Zalszupin was born in Warsaw, Poland, and studied architecture in Bucharest before moving to Paris to work as an architect, and then to Brazil in the late 40s.
In 1959, Zalszupin started the furniture firm L’Atelier. Emphasizing a high level of craftsmanship, L’Atelier saw near-immediate success and eventually had two factories producing his designs.
Zalszupin was heavily inspired by Danish design and while he was known for his refined work in jacaranda and other Brazilian woods. L’Atelier thrived in Brazil, having ten shops at the height of Zalszupin’s career. His furniture also won numerous commissions, including in Brasilia.
Jorge Zalszupin is considered one of Brazil’s most important designers of the twentieth century.