JZ Tea Trolley by Jorge Zalszupin

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JZ Tea Trolley by Jorge Zalszupin

« Every now and then a design comes along that blows your socks off. A piece that breaks convention at the time, and still looks fresh and chic 100 years later», writes Ruth Sleightholme in her introduction to House & Garden’s article « 50 iconic pieces of design worth investing in », which includes the JZ Trolley. She then concludes by stating that these « effortlessly elegant and chic pieces are tested classics that will always hold value. » What else can we say? We simply love this iconic piece designed in the 1950s by Jorge Zalszupin. The slender yet oversized brass wheels counterbalance the graphic, triangular sides of the bottom shelf made of precious imbuia wood: simple, pure lines, with just a touch of understated playfulness. Elegant & chic, it can also be styled as a decorative piece of furniture, ideal for displaying some beautiful candleholders or small objects: Osanna’s Visconti’s Small Candle Holder, Goossens’ Fig Leaf Trinket or Le Berre Vevaud’s Pandoro Boxes.

The JZ Trolley is a reissue by ETEL, available on The Invisible Collection.

Bespoke dimensions and finishes upon request.

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Jorge Zalszupin by Etel

Jorge Zalszupin reissued by Etel

Born in 1922, he managed to survive Nazi Europe, to become an architect and begin a new life in Paris. But that was not enough for the young Jorge: he dreamt of a true fresh start, far from the ruins of Europe. Moving to Brazil meant embracing a new approach to architecture and urban planning, and joining the great minds – most of them European refugees – who were reshaping the Brazilian cities and inventing Brazilian Modernism. Zalszupin struggled at first, but soon landed a job at Luciano Korngold’s studio in São Paulo, where he worked as an assistant architect. A couple of years later, in 1951, he opened his own practice. Like most architects of his time, he worked not only on the blue print of many private houses, but he also designed the interior decoration and the furniture.

The first pieces, mainly seating, were produced under the label L’Atelier, first presented in a small workshop and subsequently in a beautiful showroom in the heart of Sao Paulo. Whilst producing more furniture and establishing his brand, Zalszupin worked closely with Oscar Niemayer, designing some exceptional pieces for the famous Brasilia projects.

By the late 60s, l’atelier was the go to place for design aficionados, as Zalszupin’s name grew internationally, with some of his designs licensed in the United States and in Europe.  Mostly chairs, tables, cabinets, with some darling objects. Even though he kept on working during the dire times of the military dictatorship, Zalszupin slowed down his production; by the beginning of the eighties, he even went back to France and settled in Paris, where he started painting. Now, at almost 100, he lives a peaceful retired life in his home in Sao Paulo: he is the last living master of Brazilian Modernism.

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