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 …

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 – 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 – William Spratling, Don S. Shoemaker, George R. Shoemaker, Po Shun Leong

William Spratling was an American-born silversmith and artist, best-known for his influence on 20th century Mexican silver design. He established a model for the artistic development and growth of the silver industry in Taxco and deserves the title “Father of Contemporary Mexican Silver”. Spratling visited Mexico for the first time …

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 …

Collecting Don S. Shoemaker wooden sculptures

Collecting Don´s sculptures in wood can be very exciting and entertaining. Through the years I accumulated quite a few pieces and I enjoy very much having them around. Don inspired himself from Mexican folklore and designed remarkable pieces that would represent bats, scorpions and other symbolic animals from the Mexican …

Mexican Design exhibition at the MAM in 1975 – Part #3

…../3 Po Shun Leong´s story (Part #3) on his acquaintance with Don S. Shoemaker in Mexico since the 1960’s and how this friendship impacted his career. So, how did Po Shun Leong come to Mexico? Here is his humorous narrating: “It was a serendipitous accident. Actually I was not sure …