DESIGN WEEK Mexico with Don S. Shoemaker

I received a picture from one of my readers on a table displayed at the DESIGN HOUSE, a key attraction for designers, architects and visitors during DESIGN WEEK (October 20-28, 2010) in Mexico City. So I decided to document what I thought it was going to be another “Underwhelming attribution …

Don S. Shoemaker furniture pieces at Museums

During past years Don S. Shoemaker´s work has been presented at several Mexico Modernism designer exhibitions. Worth mentioning: “Vida y Diseño. 125 años del diseño en México” (Life and Design. 125 years of design in Mexico), which took place at the Palacio de Iturbide in Mexico City from December 2009 …

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 …

Don S. Shoemaker Design Lines – The “Descanso” Lounge set

Thanks to the support of Dick Shoemaker I was able to get a vintage SEÑAL, S.A. catalogue from him including Don´s most recognized design lines. I am presenting today the catalogue page on Don´s famous “Descanso” set. The “Descanso” design dates back to the 1960’s, it was produced in zebra …

The George R. Shoemaker heritage – identifying his designs

George did not mastermind a large quantity of furniture pieces during the time he directed the destiny of  ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER, but his designs were very appreciated by the Shoemakeristis. Many George R. Shoemaker furniture pieces are copied and sold as “Don S. Shoemaker originals” not recognizing George´s talent and contribution …

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 …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 7

I received pictures from one of my readers on this Don S. Shoemaker attributed round table in an auction: I had to take the time to pay a visit to this auction house to verify (my apologies to my reader) that this primitive and ugly round table was listed as a …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 6

Is this a joke or what? I received this picture on a deckchair listed for auction which you can tell immediately it is not part of the Don S. Shoemaker catalog. An attributed Don S. Shoemaker “deckchair”. This particular chair is made in a tropical wood called “katalox”, sometimes also …

The George R. Shoemaker heritage – ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER

Special credit should be awarded to Don´s beloved son George, who, after Don passed away in 1990, took over and directed with great dedication the company under the label “ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER“, producing many of his own designs and furniture pieces under this brand name until his early death in 2005. …