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 …

Accessories for every occasion

Don never wasted an inch of his precious woods, everything ended up in his creative laboratory. He magically converted remaining small tropical wood pieces into bar and gourmet accessories, desk utensils, organic designs, decorative objects, gifts, painter tools, jewelry, etc. It was an adventure to take a tour around Don´s …

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 …

Don S. Shoemaker Design Lines – The “Descanso” 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 …

Boxes for all kind of trinkets

Don S. Shoemaker tropical woods boxes are well known. I have seen them on the web and on display in vintage boutiques in Mexico. They were mainly produced in rosewood, in different designs and shapes, many of them include elaborate parquetry work in cueramo, cocobolo, granadilla, white mahogany and many …

The legendary Elephant Lounge Set

Don´s imagination had no limits. This particular design dating back to the 1960´s, is in my opinion one of Don´s most overwhelming design achievements: the legendary “Elephant Lounge”. The “Elephant Lounge” was a limited edition of 5 sets only, produced in solid tropical woods. The set itself includes three very …

A rare coffer in solid tropical wood

This time I am pleased to share with you another rare piece of furniture of my personal collection: An overwhelming coffer model, one of the very few produced at SEÑAL, S.A. Very heavy, made in solid “cueramo”, a rosewood variant. As far as I know, only two of these exist. You can view …

The Shoemaker Backgammon

A very special Shoemaker games set. Several tropical wood types were used to produce this backgammon. The set includes checker pieces made in “cueramo” (a rosewood variant) from Michoacan and white mahogany, called “primavera” by the locals, including two shaker cups for dice in black leather. Another masterpiece created by …