The Clara Porset – Michael van Beuren Team

Furniture drawings at the CIDI (Centro de Investigaciones de Diseño Industrial –Industrial Design Research Center) at the UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de México) clearly present the evidence of Clara Porset´s involvement and cooperation with Michael van Beuren on multiple projects. Clara designed complete furniture lines for Van Beuren y Cía, though, …

Myths and Legends about the Clara Porset Archive

Most recently a symposium took place at the Americas Society in New York together with the exhibition Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978. To my utmost surprise, one of the speakers (Mrs. Ana Elena Mallet) stated that the Clara Porset Archive which is safeguarded by the …

The revival of the Butaque Chair in Mexican 20th Century Furniture Design – Part 5

continued from part #4 The perfect finale for the Porset-Barragán-Sordo Madaleno butaque chair designs chapter is Mexican muralist, painter and designer Xavier Guerrero. Guerrero was Clara Porset’s silent partner, the quiet husband who was behind many of Clara Porset’s iconic furniture designs, including some of her best known butaca chair …

The revival of the Butaque Chair in Mexican 20th Century Furniture Design – Part 4

continued from part # 3 American architect and designer William Spratling frequented prominent artists and personalities that were active within the Mexicanismo movement during that time, and many of them decorated their homes with his furniture. As a result of the success of William Spratling’s furniture designs, the Butaque fever …

Mexican Modernism – Furniture Design in Mexico – Part # 5

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 …