What is the difference between a Campeche and a Butaque Chair?– Part 1

Samples of the emblematic “Butaque” chairs can be found in many regions of Mexico, the U.S., the Caribbean, and other countries that were on the galleon trade routes such as the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). In American and European furniture and decorative arts literature the term …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – IDEA, Diego Matthai

One Mexican furniture designer and manufacturer that made a big splash back in the 1970’s was IDEA. This company designed unique furniture pieces combining small blocks of different types of wood with chrome and glass; their model range included elegant office furniture, a variety of cabinets, bars, room dividers, bookcases, …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – Frank B. Kyle, Muller´s Onix, La Malinche

……continued 6) Furniture manufactured by particular designers and Mexican furniture companies that have left us a legacy and should not be forgotten for their enriching contribution to Mexico’s Modernism Furniture Design History, like the Frank Kyle Gallery. Frank B. Kyle was an American sculptor and furniture designer from Minneapolis, though …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – Genaro Alvarez, The Surrealists, Pedro Friedeberg

Let´s recap on what I have written so far in my previous 5 posts about Mexican modernism concerning furniture design and the categories we are now able to define: 1) Early work influenced by neoclassicism, which catered to the Mexican bourgeoisie with Arturo Pani and the French-born brothers Roberto and …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – Clara Porset, Edmond J. Spence, Michael van Beuren, Klaus Grabe, Philip Guilmant

Cuban-born furniture and interior designer Clara Porset is best known for her modern designs inspired by the local traditions of Mexico, her adopted homeland. Her many design interpretations on the “butaque”, a low, graceful type of chair, part of Mexico´s popular culture, was her trademark. In a similar vein, an …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – William Spratling, Don S. Shoemaker, George R. Shoemaker, Po Shun Leong

William Spratling was an American-born silversmith and artist, best-known for his influence on 20th century Mexican silver design. He established a model for the artistic development and growth of the silver industry in Taxco and deserves the title “Father of Contemporary Mexican Silver”. Spratling visited Mexico for the first time …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – Pepe Mendoza, Arturo Pani, The Block Brothers

José Mendoza was a Mexican designer who ran a foundry in Mexico City under the registered trade name of “Pepe Mendoza”. The Mendoza “taller” produced brass decorative hardware, extravagant lamps, some tables and bronze accessories. His work is characterized by a cloisonné-type/enamel technique, Mendoza´s designs were mostly based upon pre-Columbian …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – Juan O´Gorman, Mathias Goeritz, María Lagunes

Juan O’Gorman, famous Mexican painter, muralist and architect. Juan was the elder son of an Irish mining engineer and painter who settled down in Mexico back in 1895. O’Gorman was one of first Mexican architects to break with traditional Mexican style. Influenced by Le Corbusier and other European Modernists, he …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – Luis Barragán, Francisco Artigas, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

Mexico was a fertile ground for modernist architecture in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. While the United States was adhering to a Soviet-style official architecture, Mexico — looking to express a progressive new identity after its revolution — had gone entirely modern. Starting in the late 1940’s public building projects …