(Lt) Peter Shire / Photograph: Bill Dow. (rt) 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
At the Dan House
In Malibu, California
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 an architecturally significant home 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 host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture, Los Angeles Editor for Dwell Magazine and contributor to the New York Times.
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 Benefit 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: