Compasso: reissuing furniture pieces by Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin
Compasso is a showcase by New York design gallery Espasso reissuing an exciting selection of furniture pieces by two Brazilian design legends: Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin.
The collection on display includes four pieces by Niemeyer and twenty from Zalszupin. Niemeyer’s quartet – comprising the ‘Rio’ rocking chaise, ‘Marquesa’ bench, ‘Alta’ armchair and matching ottoman – was originally designed in the 1970s together with his daughter Ana Niemeyer. Zalszupin’s line, meanwhile, spans benches, armchairs, coffee tables and sofas dating back to the 1960s.
Both Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin were key players in defining Brazil’s modernist identity and often had innovating practices. They collaborated on Brasília, the federal capital and one of the most ambitious architecture projects of the twentieth century. Niemeyer designed the buildings that made up the city and Zalszupin created furniture pieces that outfitted several of the official structures.
The production of these pieces halted shortly after their launch or rarely issued since the 1970s. They were almost only found as vintage specimens at auctions.
Thanks to Etel Interiores in São Paulo, they have been brought back from extinction. The pioneering furniture-making firm run by Etel Carmona, which holds traditional craftsmanship at its core.
Oscar is widely regarded as one of Brazil’s most influential architects, whose visionary work continues to have a profound impact on modern architecture worldwide.
Oscar Niemeyer’s furniture collection was originally designed in the 1970’s with his daughter Anna Maria and features the Rio rocking chaise, Marquesa bench, Alta armchair and Alta ottoman.
Jorge Zalszupin was the founder of the seminal Brazilian design house L’Atelier, which created furniture and home items many have considered classics.
Zalszupin’s collection features 20 pieces originally designed in the 1960’s. Some of the highlights include the Circa bench, Petalas and Romana coffee tables, Adriana, Ipanema and Ina armchairs, among other items.