The versatile Parsons Line – Tables for table freaks

The Parsons Line is probably Don S. Shoemaker´s most rectilinear and functional furniture design line. This time he overlooks the charms of nature in favor of a rigorous abstract approach to design. While there were significant changes in the manufacturing techniques of the post-war time like aluminum casting and bonding …

Descanso Line – “Descanso” Coffee Table and Lamp Tables

When going through the literature on American furniture designers from the Mid-Century I found interesting similarities between the lives of Don S. Shoemaker and Wharton Esherick, known as the “Dean of American Craftsmen”. Both started their artistic careers as painters, both were designer-craftsmen pursuing their own unique visions striving towards …

Coffee Tables – The “Cuerno” Tables

In previous posts I have already touched base on Don´s very personal style coffee table designs. I have commented on Don´s distinctive “Sling” coffee table, the sophisticated “Elephant Lounge” coffee table as well as a very rare large coffee table that he designed back in the early 1960’s. Don´s coffee …

Coffee Tables – The “Sling” Coffee Table

The “Sling Casuals” are the classic Don S. Shoemaker furniture pieces from the 1960’s to be found at auctions and galleries. Don selected the finest tropical woods for this exquisite furniture line: zebrawood, cocobolo, rosewood and granadilla. There are vintage pieces that can be found in excellent conditions. The perfect …

The legendary Elephant Lounge Set

Don´s imagination had no limits. This particular design dating back to the 1960´s, is in my opinion one of Don´s most overwhelming design achievements: the legendary “Elephant Lounge”. The “Elephant Lounge” was a limited edition of 5 sets only, produced in solid tropical woods. The set itself includes three very …