Are counterfeiters running out of tropical wood?

Brand new Don S. Shoemaker copies have been around for some time. Unfortunately they are being sold as “genuine” Don S. Shoemaker furniture pieces. Here we have a selection of them and the differences between the Don S. Shoemaker original pieces vs. the newly produced copies that have come my …

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 …

Industrial Designs – a Don S. Shoemaker bureau

SEÑAL, S.A. profited from the installed equipment to produce a variety of industrial designs in pine and white cedar. Many sets of desks, chests and other decorative furniture pieces were ordered to furnish hotels, government offices, etc. in several states within the Mexican Republic. Here is a very nice white …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 4

This attributed piece was found in a gallery: Daybed attributed to Don Shoemaker. Another Art Deco inspiration. This brand new furniture piece is made in rosewood (“cueramo”) and black leather. A very attractive piece, and again, credit should be awarded to the lady who designed it a year ago. So …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 3

These attributed pieces were found in a gallery: The X-Chair, attributed to Don Shoemaker. This model never existed during the SEÑAL, S.A. production days. As long as I know who designed these chairs… He used as a model the original Don S. Shoemaker design of a small folding stool in …

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 …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 1

I have seen a wide range of fakes or attributed furniture pieces on sale on the web, magazines, flea markets and even on renowned galleries. I have questioned myself many times: what motivates curators, gallery owners, writers, as well as the public to rely in good faith on certain traders …