Mexican Modernism – Furniture Design in Mexico – Part # 4

William Spratling was an American-born silversmith and artist, best-known for his influence on 20th century Mexican silver design. He established a model for the artistic development and growth of the silver industry in Taxco and deserves the title “Father of Contemporary Mexican Silver”. Spratling visited Mexico for the first time …

Linear designs – The Diamond Line

Many of my readers have asked me to write about Don´s “Diamond Line” designs. You may recall that I already published a post on the renowned diamond desk, which became a legend as one of Mexico´s most prominent newscasters, Jacobo Zabludovsky used to broadcast the daily news sitting on his …

A discarded prototype from George´s workshop

George spent a lot of time experimenting with different concepts to further enhance his father´s furniture lines and produce new designs. He was an imaginative designer by his own right and he developed several prototypes, some of them would make it to production, others were discarded. This was back in …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 9

When attributing a piece of furniture to Don S. Shoemaker becomes grotesque: -Who is to blame? The consignor (particular? dealer?) that attributes a piece to a well-known designer, obviously with the hope of a good (profit? scamp?) Furniture designs belonging to someone else, whose fine work in cueramo, cocobolo, granadilla, …

The George R. Shoemaker heritage – identifying his designs

George did not mastermind a large quantity of furniture pieces during the time he directed the destiny of  ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER, but his designs were very appreciated by the Shoemakeristis. Many George R. Shoemaker furniture pieces are copied and sold as “Don S. Shoemaker originals” not recognizing George´s talent and contribution …

The George R. Shoemaker heritage – ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER

Special credit should be awarded to Don´s beloved son George, who, after Don passed away in 1990, took over and directed with great dedication the company under the label “ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER“, producing many of his own designs and furniture pieces under this brand name until his early death in 2005. …