The false Don S. Shoemaker biography exposed

Furthermore to the unfortunate Don S. Shoemaker exhibition of fakes, forgeries and attributions at the Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno, I will share with you some anecdotal occurrences that I discovered when I went through the reading of the exhibition catalogue: Among many pages of boring, mediocre and irrelevant …

Don S. Shoemaker at Museo de Arte Moderno 2016 vs. Museo de Arte Moderno 1975

Beloved Don, After more than 20 years of hard work, in the year 1975 you finally made it to Mexico´s Modern Art Museum (MAM) with some furniture pieces in the collective exhibition “Exposición Retrospectiva y Prospectiva de Diseño Mexicano”. 41 years later they have become iconic design works and proof …

W A R N I N G !!!

Beware of these Don S. Shoemaker attributions: © Karin Goyer and Don S. Shoemaker Furniture, 2010-2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this website’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is …

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 …

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, …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 8

I recently discovered this odd piece of furniture attributed to Don S. Shoemaker at an auction: Described as a “Parsons” side table by Don S. Shoemaker….This forged “model” has been around for some time, I have already seen several versions at weekend flea markets in Mexico City. The original Don …

AAD Appearances are deceptive…

Are you prepared to buy Don S. Shoemaker originals? Let´s make a quiz… Appearances are deceptive. That´s why you must train your eye to find the differences between the originals, the copies and  forgeries. It is like playing the cartoon of the 7 differences, but this time with the added …