Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 2

Trying to find answers to my question about the lack of better research, I remembered that in 2007  Banamex published a book in Mexico titled “Vida y Diseño en México Siglo XX” (Life & Design in Mexico XX Century), some pages were dedicated to Don S. Shoemaker´s furniture designs. Pitiful I found it totally misleading. Unfortunately the research work done for this chapter was extremely poor: Don´s furniture pieces depicted are dated to have been produced in his childhood during the 30´s and 40’s! Don did not establish himself in Mexico until 1947, so, how could he have produced furniture pieces in tropical woods before this date? On top of that, in 2009 the exhibition “125 years of Design in Mexico” took place at the Palacio de Cultura Banamex in Mexico City, some Don S. Shoemaker furniture pieces were shown including the ones published in the book, and again, the curator dated the pieces to be from the 1930´s and 1940´s. I contacted the curator at that time and she did not correct the dates, she knew better. I wonder.

  • This supposedly Don Shoemaker desk was offered on Ebay Mexico (Mercado Libre) for an equivalent of around $ 3,500 USD. This recently produced laminated desk shows wood types that are currently available in the market. Don´s desk designs (which I will be posting separately) were produced in tropical woods (rosewood, rosewood variants as well as cocobolo). I had the opportunity to see two of these on a sidewalk of a flea market in Mexico City.

 

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