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 …

SEÑAL, S.A. Industrial Designs

Due to the expensive manufacturing costs on the tropical woods design pieces,  SEÑAL, S.A. profited from the installed equipment to produce a commercial line of colonial style furniture in pine and white cedar for hotels, government offices, etc. The legend says, that Don Shoemaker´s factory used to work 24 hours a day. …

Don Shoemaker works from the early 1960´s

  Here is a Don S. Shoemaker chair design from the early 1960’s.  This chair is very unique;  it was part of Don S. Shoemaker´s personal collection at his home in Santa Maria de Guido. The wood used to produce this charming little chair comes from a tropical tree extinct …