The versatile Parsons Line – Tables for table freaks

The Parsons Line is probably Don S. Shoemaker´s most rectilinear and functional furniture design line. This time he overlooks the charms of nature in favor of a rigorous abstract approach to design. While there were significant changes in the manufacturing techniques of the post-war time like aluminum casting and bonding …

For the most demanding clientele – Don´s Sling dining room set

Many of my readers have asked me about Don´s dining room sets with combining cupboards and cabinets. For this week I have decided to write about the Sling dining room set, the favorite among Don´s devoted customers: The Sling dining room was the most exclusive dining room set within Don´s …

The unique Sling Swinger Chair

I received several requests from my readers to write about Don´s famous Sling Swinger chair, so here it is: The “Sling Casuals” furniture collection together with the “Elephant Lounge Set” limited edition (which I already described in a separate post) from the 1960’s are Don S. Shoemaker´s most accomplished organic …

Descanso Line – “Descanso” Coffee Table and Lamp Tables

When going through the literature on American furniture designers from the Mid-Century I found interesting similarities between the lives of Don S. Shoemaker and Wharton Esherick, known as the “Dean of American Craftsmen”. Both started their artistic careers as painters, both were designer-craftsmen pursuing their own unique visions striving towards …

Carved Chest from Don´s Colonial Line

Don used his state-of-the-art equipment installed at SEÑAL, S.A. to produce a commercial line of colonial style furniture pieces in volcanic pine wood. This very decorative chest with capriciously carved flowers was part of Don´s colonial production. They came furnished with a stand to keep them off the floor thus …

Bookcases – The “Perlman” Bookcase

Trends were changing rapidly in the 1960´s towards smaller living areas and Don spent many hours imagining how roominess could be improved in apartments without having to sacrifice on comfort. He created many furniture pieces that would combine practicality with functionality. The “Perlman” bookcase is a perfect example: a four-sided …

Coffee Tables – The “Cuerno” Tables

In previous posts I have already touched base on Don´s very personal style coffee table designs. I have commented on Don´s distinctive “Sling” coffee table, the sophisticated “Elephant Lounge” coffee table as well as a very rare large coffee table that he designed back in the early 1960’s. Don´s coffee …

SLING CASUALS – The Sling “sloucher” chair

Don´s organic designs were unmatchable by any other furniture designer of his time. When I refer to his organic designs, I am talking about that marvelous wood prototype I had the opportunity to see, sit and enjoy, which was the base of what we know as the SLING “sloucher“ chair, …

Coffee Tables – The “Sling” Coffee Table

The “Sling Casuals” are the classic Don S. Shoemaker furniture pieces from the 1960’s to be found at auctions and galleries. Don selected the finest tropical woods for this exquisite furniture line: zebrawood, cocobolo, rosewood and granadilla. There are vintage pieces that can be found in excellent conditions. The perfect …

Don S. Shoemaker Design Lines – The “Executive” Line

The prestigious “Executive” line is one of Don S. Shoemaker´s most recognized production lines. Between the 1960´s and 1980´s it was a must to the Mexican rich and famous businessmen as well as powerful politicians to own a Don S. Shoemaker desk with its complete line of writing materials to …