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Jorge Zalszupin “Oxford” Bench for L’Atelier, Brazil 1960s

Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin Brazil
Period 1950-1979
Materials leather, iron
W. 48.03 in; H. 28.54 in; D. 28.54 in;
W. 122 cm; H. 72.5 cm; D. 72.5 cm;
Seat H. 14.17 in;
Seat H. 36 cm;
Condition Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The iron frame has some scratches and marks. The bench has been recently reupholstered in premium quality nubuck leather.
Description This exceptional “Oxford” two-seater bench was designed and manufactured by the Polish born Brazilian design icon, Jorge Zalszupin and his company, L’Atelier.

When it comes to Zalszupin’s “Oxford” models, the designer’s background in architecture is visually well articulated. A significant part of Zalszupin's furniture production is tributary to his architecture, which, like this bench, is extremely sensual and modern. From the iron structure to the firmly attached upholstery, the craftsmanship of this piece is outstanding. Simplicity and clarity remain as the main characteristics. The graceful lines and classical detailing combined with the modern looking frame and legs of this model make it one of the best representatives of Zalszupin’s mid-century works.

The seat and back connect to the iron structure in a unique way, as the top-grain nubuck leather straps embrace the frame throughout the chair. The new premium leather upholstery features tufting on both the back and seat cushions. This two-seater version of the “Oxford” emphasizes the main design features even further compared to the more common single seat version. The present model is exceptionally rare.

In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The iron frame has some scratches and marks. The bench has been recently reupholstered in premium quality nubuck leather.

48.03 in W x 28.54 in D x 28.54 in H; Seat height 14.17 in
122 cm W x 72,5 cm D x 72,5 cm H; Seat height 36 cm

About the designer:
Jorge Zalszupin was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1922. He graduated as an architect in Romania in 1945. His importance for Brazilian design has been articulated in several publications so far. In addition to being the owner of the l'Atelier furniture factory of modern furniture, Zalszupin led a unique initiative: he coordinated a team of designers working for four different factories in the same business group, the Forsa Group.

Zalszupin immigrated to Brazil in 1949 and after a brief stay in the capital, he settled in São Paulo, a city that was then entering a cycle of great industrial growth and great cultural transformations. In the first half of the 1950s, he opened an architecture office, having José Gugliota as a partner. When he got tired of designing exclusive furniture manufactured for his clients' homes, he decided to join a group of woodworkers and started to produce smaller series. This was how l'Atelier came into being, which eventually began to manufacture office furniture and went from a carpentry shop with handcrafted products to an industry with serial production. The first piece in this series was an armchair nicknamed 'Danish' by employees. It was first created in 1959.

In the early 1970s, because of serious financial problems, l'Atelier was sold to a business group. The sale was finalised with Zalszupin's 'pass' as director of product research and development. Thus, Zalszupin expanded the team of designers - which already had Oswaldo Mellone - incorporating Paulo Jorge Pedreira and Lílian Weimberg permanently. The designers named the new group Forsa, and started to act as a sort of creative laboratory.

The technical possibilities offered by four distinct industrial plants were enhanced by the team of designers. In this way, Hevea, which produced plastic commodities, won a very sophisticated product line in design and established a brand: Eva, for household items, sold in supermarkets. L'Atelier itself started using injected plastic, producing partition panels for offices and licensing the polypropylene shell chair Hille designed by Robin Day. In addition to the products that went on the market, the design team of the Forsa group tested dozens of new ones ideas, which form an extraordinary collection to be researched and which, certainly, had a great influence on the performance base of Oswaldo Mellone and Paulo Jorge Pedreira.

The crisis of the 1980s profoundly affected the performance of the Forsa group companies. The design team dissolved at the end of the decade. Oswaldo Mellone and Paulo Jorge Pedreira opened their individual offices and Jorge Zalszupin dedicated himself exclusively to architecture, an activity he had never abandoned. From 2005, the company Etel Marcenaria started to produce several of the items designed by Zalszupin for l'Atelier - among them the 'Danish' armchair -, privileging the objects of the company's artisanal phase. ~H.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Dealer Reference Number 20190299
Incollect Reference Number 403072
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