Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – Eugenio Escudero, Octavio Vidales

I have been asked by several of my readers to elaborate on some Mexican furniture designers that have been mentioned only recently, and that I had skipped in my previous posts on Mexican Modernism Furniture Design, so here we go! The attribution fever of unscrupulous gallerists compels me to publish …

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 …

ZONA MACO visitors captivated by Don S. Shoemaker designs

ZONA MACO Salón del Anticuario 2014 first edition was presented in Mexico City last month. I happened to be visiting the city during those days and I decided to check on this new Antiques Show. My adventure definitively paid off! Even tough the exhibition area was rather small, my attention …

Mid Century Modern furniture design value – Part # 1

 The past decade has seen a significant rise in the value of 20th-century design, with vintage furniture pieces achieving record prices at auctions. Buying design objects and furniture at auction has become an event on par with a Modern and Contemporary Art auction in London or New York, etc. Today, …

Don Shoemaker’s Mid Century Modern Mexican Butaque Chair interpretation

continued from part # 5 As described in my previous post series about the Mexican Butaque, we have seen several samples and interpretations of these emblematic chairs coming from different regions and designers in Mexico. Considering all the information and research data that I have gathered in the past years, …

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 – 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 …