DESIGN WEEK MEXICO with Don S. Shoemaker

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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 to Don S. Shoemaker” new post, and went to the DESIGN HOUSE to investigate…I checked all the rooms of the DESIGN HOUSE and could not find it. While heading to the exit I saw this little room and went to snoop around, I was overwhelmed by the sight of a spectacular Don S. Shoemaker large coffee table. I inspected in detail the table and someone provided me with a catalog, which indicates that this table is part of the Galeria ADN collection.

This extremely rare large coffee table produced in the 1960’s delights our eyes with parquetry table top and articulated legs in solid cueramo tropical wood. I am publishing several pictures: the one taken by one of my readers (good gossip – bad photographer) at DESIGN HOUSE and 2 additional ones provided by Galeria ADN, which I had to contact to be able to offer you a clearer view on the articulated legs design and one on the table´s top. This astonishing large coffee table has the original Don S. Shoemaker studio label on the table´s underside.

If you pay attention to the pictures taken by the gallery, you can see that unfortunately the book “Vida y Diseño en México Siglo XX” is present. I hope they are not using as a reference what is written about Don S. Shoemaker in this book. The gallery took the liberty of sending pictures of some other Don S. Shoemaker pieces they recently acquired and I can say that I am glad that they are all vintage furniture pieces.

Sorry, but you will have to stay tuned for new “underwhelming attributions” posts…

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Boxes for all kind of trinkets

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Don S. Shoemaker tropical woods boxes are well known. I have seen them on the web and on display in vintage boutiques in Mexico. They were mainly produced in rosewood, in different designs and shapes, many of them include elaborate parquetry work , in cueramo, cocobolo, granadilla, white mahogany and many other rare tropical wood species. Don´s shop always had a complete assortment of boxes for all possible purposes you could image.

I am including some pictures of a set of boxes from my personal collection, a sample of a typical Don S. Shoemaker parquetry box and a very original “Egyptian Falcon box”. One evening in Santa Maria Guido while talking about all kind of birds and magical creatures, Don stood up and came back with this astonishing Egyptian falcon box. What a gift!

Copyright © 2010-2017 Karin Goyer. All Rights Reserved

@donshoemaker.com

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