Bookcases – The “Perlman” Bookcase

Trends were changing rapidly in the 1960´s towards smaller living areas and Don spent many hours imagining how roominess could be improved in apartments without having to sacrifice on comfort. He created many furniture pieces that would combine practicality with functionality. The “Perlman” bookcase is a perfect example: a four-sided …

Coffee Tables – The “Cuerno” Tables

In previous posts I have already touched base on Don´s very personal style coffee table designs. I have commented on Don´s distinctive “Sling” coffee table, the sophisticated “Elephant Lounge” coffee table as well as a very rare large coffee table that he designed back in the early 1960’s. Don´s coffee …

SLING CASUALS – The Sling “sloucher” chair

Don´s organic designs were unmatchable by any other furniture designer of his time. When I refer to his organic designs, I am talking about that marvelous wood prototype I had the opportunity to see, sit and enjoy, which was the base of what we know as the SLING “sloucher“ chair, …

Coffee Tables – The “Sling” Coffee Table

The “Sling Casuals” are the classic Don S. Shoemaker furniture pieces from the 1960’s to be found at auctions and galleries. Don selected the finest tropical woods for this exquisite furniture line: zebrawood, cocobolo, rosewood and granadilla. There are vintage pieces that can be found in excellent conditions. The perfect …

The “Parsons” cabinet

Don S. Shoemaker´s cabinets were the most impressive and expensive tropical woods furniture pieces to admire at SEÑAL, S.A. These superbly crafted luxuriant pieces are a true furniture statement, produced in very limited numbers, the perfect match to harmonize with your Don S. Shoemaker dining room set, or together with …

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 …