Brazilian Modernism: Furniture Design in Brazil – Part #2

continues from Part # 1 Considered one of the founding fathers of Brazilian design, Sergio Rodrigues, is still producing some of his best known designs. The roots of Rodrigues’ work lies in his use of traditional raw materials such as jacaranda, eucalyptus, peroba and imbuia woods to create icons of …

Brazilian Modernism: Furniture Design in Brazil – Part #1

When Le Corbusier visited Rio de Janeiro for the first time in 1929, his impression was that Brazil was a fascinating country but rather provincial. Although he gave a few lectures, these were reserved for a privileged, highly educated circle that was able to follow his talks in French. Lucio …

Don S. Shoemaker: A Craftsman’s Legacy

Don passed away in May 1990. He left us an unrivaled aesthetic legacy through his remarkable furniture designs, now becoming modern classics sought after by collectors, galleries, auction houses and individuals worldwide. Apparently the intrinsic value of the woods used in the production (some of them now extinct) is something …

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 …

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 …

The palo fierro dominoes sets from the Seri Natives

Some time ago I published a post on Don S. Shoemaker´s dominoes sets. These game sets were made in 2 different versions: the “tronco” (organic design box) and the boxed sliding lid models; the former also had a first series with a matching wood lid and the ones produced by …

Mexican Design exhibition at the MAM in 1975 – Part #3

…../3 Po Shun Leong´s story (Part #3) on his acquaintance with Don S. Shoemaker in Mexico since the 1960’s and how this friendship impacted his career. So, how did Po Shun Leong come to Mexico? Here is his humorous narrating: “It was a serendipitous accident. Actually I was not sure …

Don S. Shoemaker and Po Shun Leong–Part #2

…../2 Po Shun Leong´s interesting story (Part #2) on how he met Don S. Shoemaker in Mexico since the 1960’s and how this friendship influenced his career: In 1981 we left Mexico and settled in California just before the deep recession began. It was as though life had stopped still. …