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, …

Mexican Modernism – Furniture Design in Mexico – Part # 10

An important part of Mexico´s rich 20th century design history has to be credited to the furniture production that came from the Yucatan Peninsula: Regil de Yucatán, a furniture company active in the Yucatan Peninsula, was known for its quality artisan furniture pieces produced in mahogany and cedar woods during …

The false Don S. Shoemaker biography exposed

Furthermore to the unfortunate Don S. Shoemaker exhibition of fakes, forgeries and attributions at the Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno, I will share with you some anecdotal occurrences that I discovered when I went through the reading of the exhibition catalogue: Among many pages of boring, mediocre and irrelevant …

Don S. Shoemaker at Museo de Arte Moderno 2016 vs. Museo de Arte Moderno 1975

Beloved Don, After more than 20 years of hard work, in the year 1975 you finally made it to Mexico´s Modern Art Museum (MAM) with some furniture pieces in the collective exhibition “Exposición Retrospectiva y Prospectiva de Diseño Mexicano”. 41 years later they have become iconic design works and proof …

The Frank Kyle – Pepe Mendoza connection

Interior designer, sculptor and artist Frank B. Kyle opened in the early 1950’s first in the Zona Rosa area, and then later in the south of Mexico City in the La Florida neighborhood his design and decorating studio Kyle de México, S.A. He created a whole range of modern and …

The Luis Barragán Room Divider that sold for a six-figure at TEFAF 2016 UNSOLVED MYSTERY

During the recent TEFAF 2016 in Maastricht, an Art fair which on their Preview day had over 10,000 international private collectors, curators and representatives from the world’s leading museums and public institutions visiting its premises. One of the highlights of the fair was that the Parisian gallery Downtown sold an …

Mexican Modernism – Furniture Design in Mexico – Part # 9

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 …

Amazing resemblance between two chair designs

The Chamela chair was developed and manufactured in Mexico for several years from 1974 and sold through LOGADO, S.A. a top contemporary furniture design shop when Po Shun was living there. http://www.poshunleong.com/seat2014_1.html With a minimum of natural materials, a great deal of comfort came from the seat sling. The Mexico …

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 …