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Peter Shire chair and portrait
Peter Shire
Photograph: Bill Dow
Las Vegas 1 armchair, Peter Shire, 1989
Steel, wood, polyester enamel, wool upholstery, 32 1/2 x 34 x 29 in.
Photo: Santi Caleca Courtesy: Echo X Park Artist Studio



Sunday, September 18, 2011
Dan House
Malibu, CA
Designed by Franklin Israel, 1995

The Museum of California Design’s 2011 Award Benefit honored designer/artist/craftsman, Peter Shire for his outstanding contributions to American design. The event was held on Sunday, September 18 at the Dan House in Malibu. This was a rare opportunity to visit a beautiful, architecturally significant home designed by Franklin Israel in 1995 that is not open to the public. Examples of Peter Shire’s exuberant furniture and ceramics were on exhibit against a backdrop of ocean and canyon vistas.

The Museum’s 2011 Henry Award was presented to Mr. Shire by Frances Anderton the host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture, the Los Angeles Editor for Dwell Magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Frank Israel, Dan House
Dan House, 1995, Franklin Israel
Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer

The Henry Award itself is an interpretation in Lucite by Charles Hollis Jones of the Roadside Barricade Light designed in 1967 by Henry Keck for Pasadena-based Keck-Craig, Inc. The Barricade Light, a circle and a square devoid of any nonfunctional elements, is a paragon of modern design that was exhibited in California Design Ten at the Pasadena Museum of Art in 1968.

The event schedule included introductory remarks by museum director Bill Stern, an award presentation by Ms. Anderton, observations about Mr. Shire’s place in American design by independent curator Jo Lauria, a silent auction and a live auction conducted by Peter Loughrey, founder and president of Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Light lunch and liquid refreshments were served.

We are grateful to CECILIA DAN for welcoming our guests to her remarkable home.

And we acknowledge the Participating Sponsorship of:

Nora Jaffe

Palm Springs Modernism Week

Jonathan Kaye

Peter Shire Designed Teapot
Black and White teapot, Peter Shire, 2000
Earthenware, 19 x 21 1/2 in.
Photo: Alan Shaffer