Zalszupin’s vintage pieces are rare, found mostly in premier galleries in Brazil, Europe and the United States. Purity of form and sensuality of the materials are elements combined that make his design timeless, and his work is as relevant today as it was years ago. “Jorge Zalszupin is an icon whose influence on contemporary Brazilian design is unprecedented and far reaching,” notes Carlos Junqueira, the owner and curator of Espasso, based in New York and Los Angeles. “His designs are timeless and classic.”
Our conversation continues with coffee and cakes in an upper loft of the house he designed and built in 1960, a modern home resting between two spacious gardens and languishing under massive rubber trees. It is an oasis in the sprawling, concrete mass of São Paulo. I ask him about his process. He talks about dreaming and having ideas come to him in his sleep, and then drawing. Says Veronica, “Drawing for Jorge is like breathing for the rest of us.”
He shares the story of running from the Nazis and how he hoped to go to the United States but wasn’t able to secure a visa, eventually moving to Brazil, a country whose immigration policy was much more open. Had he gone to the United States, Veronica points out, the Jorge Zalszupin of today could have been very different without the influence of Brazil and its many forms.