The Contemporary Mexican Style: Andres Casillas

It was in 1966 when Luis Barragán was commissioned with the design of the Cuadra San Cristóbal equestrian estate, located in the outskirts of Mexico City. The project was designed by Luis Barragán in collaboration with his chief architect Andrés Casillas de Alba, and completed in 1968. Casillas, also from …

The Contemporary Mexican Style: Antonio Attolini Lack

For many critics Mexican architects Ricardo Legorreta and Antonio Attolini Lack were the inheritors of the so called Barragán “emotional architecture”. The term “emotional architecture” is the name given to the style of modernist architecture conceived by German émigré architect and sculptor Mathias Goeritz; formulated in 1954 through his “Emotional …

The Contemporary Mexican Style: Ricardo Legorreta

Contemporary Mexican Architecture was born in the second half of the 20th Century, different from all architecture styles; it uses as a reference the modern architecture movement but it does not use the typical Neocolonial or Californian language. Ricardo Legorreta is one of contemporary Mexican architecture´s most talented, prolific and …

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, …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – Charles W. Allen for Regil de Yucatán

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 …

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, …

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 …

Treasures for your dinner service from Don´s Gift Line

There always was this magical atmosphere in Don´s studio/home, it felt like being a child in a big toy store every time we visited him. To resist his delightful Gift Line collection was virtually impossible, no matter how, the discovery of a new piece or gadget that could match with …

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 …