Treasures for your dinner service from Don´s Gift Line

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There always was this magical atmosphere in Don´s studio/home, it felt like being a child in a big toy store every time we visited him. To resist his delightful Gift Line collection was virtually impossible, no matter how, the discovery of a new piece or gadget that could match with something I already had at home came in the way. The following 1980’s vintage Gift Line catalog page with Don´s image on it brings great memories back to life!

I recently described in my posts “Home Bar Essentials” and “Accessories for every occasion” some of Don´s tropical woods trays, chopping and cheese boards, coasters, salt & pepper shakers, etc. This time I want to point out on his gourmet designs which were particularly charming and definitively making the difference when decorating your dinner table. Here two of my favorites…

For many years I have enjoyed serving my meals with these Don S. Shoemaker Pyrex holders produced in solid cueramo tropical wood:

We love Mexican cuisine but we also enjoy very much Asian food, chopsticks are a must for fine tableware. This set of 6 chopsticks with chopstick rests were made in solid cocobolo tropical wood, the set is absolutely gorgeous:

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The unique Sling Swinger Chair

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I received several requests from my readers to write about Don´s famous Sling Swinger chair, so here it is:

The “Sling Casuals” furniture collection together with the “Elephant Lounge Set” limited edition (which I already described in a separate post) from the 1960’s are Don S. Shoemaker´s most accomplished organic design achievements. Although, the output of the “Sling  Line” lasted during three decades, the “Elephant Lounge” remained an exclusive special edition of only 5 sets. The Sling “Swinger” chair and the Sling “Sloucher” chair are well known to collectors and galleries.

The Sling Swinger chair is of timeless elegance, the perfect integration of form, function and exotic woods. The production of these harmoniously sculpted chairs in solid tropical woods was only possible thanks to the highly sophisticated manufacturing equipment and special tools that Don had at his workshop. Shoemaker´s favorite tropical woods used for the production of these attractive swinging chairs were granadilla, cueramo and cocobolo, combined with black or brown leather upholstery. Besides the wide arms model a second version was available with narrow arms, an alternative for smaller living spaces. Below a  Sling Swinger chair from my personal collection in heavy solid cocobolo tropical wood:

Another unique feature about Don´s furniture designs as I have already noted before is that he excelled in developing systems for link and joint, he tried to avoid no matter what the use of screws and nails in his work. These chairs are assembled to perfection, easily dismountable for an uncomplicated transport to any place in the world. A different Sling Swinger chair from my private collection is shown here, this time in solid granadilla tropical wood:

And finally, here is a picture of one of my Sling Swinger chairs with its matching ottoman with black leather upholstery. The classic combination. Both pieces bear the Don S. Shoemaker decal studio label.

 

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The “Parsons” cabinet

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Don S. Shoemaker´s cabinets were the most impressive and expensive tropical woods furniture pieces to admire at SEÑAL, S.A. These superbly crafted luxuriant pieces are a true furniture statement, produced in very limited numbers, the perfect match to harmonize with your Don S. Shoemaker dining room set, or together with a “Descanso” set, maybe to furnish your library combined with some Sling Swinger chairs or just to decorate your office.

The “Parsons” cabinet presented here today is part of my personal collection. It has been in my family for more than 30 years and still looking absolutely astonishing! This cabinet made in cocobolo belongs to the “Parsons” line (which included complete dining room sets, office furniture, coffee tables, living room sets, bedroom sets, etc.) all produced with parquetry in cocobolo or rosewood), it has a unique and timeless sliding doors design, also pay attention to the color of the parquetry: a warm and nice dark patina, a result to the aging process.

Notice the inside finish of the drawer (see picture). As already discussed in another post, the wood inner face that has not been exposed to the sunlight normally has a much lighter color than the outside, as the sunlight darkens the wood. However, the key point here is to remember one of Don´s trademarks: perfect craftsmanship with drawers always made in solid tropical woods. Of course, this elegant piece carries the Don S. Shoemaker decal studio label.

I have seen forgeries with the drawer front produced in cueramo wood, the drawer sides finished with cheap pine wood and a plastic laminated bottom (see picture)

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Boxes for all kind of trinkets

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Don S. Shoemaker tropical woods boxes are well known. I have seen them on the web and on display in vintage boutiques in Mexico. They were mainly produced in rosewood, in different designs and shapes, many of them include elaborate parquetry work in cueramo, cocobolo, granadilla, white mahogany and many other rare tropical wood species. Don´s shop always had a complete assortment of boxes for all possible purposes you could image.

I am including some pictures of a set of boxes from my personal collection, a sample of a typical Don S. Shoemaker parquetry box and a very original “Egyptian Falcon box”. One evening in Santa Maria Guido while talking about all kind of birds and magical creatures, I said that I loved birds of pray, Don stood up and came back with this astonishing Egyptian falcon box. What a gift!

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