Peter Shire has famously avoided definition. But, come to think of it, how can you accurately define someone who’s as happy making sculptures as they are chairs, teapots and toys? Shire’s work is colourful, amusing and compositionally striking, and his workshop – a sprawling warehouse space in Echo Park, Los Angeles, where he grew up – is a veritable cabinet of curiosities.
How do we know? Because the editors behind Sight Unseen – “an online magazine that takes readers inside the worlds of design, art, fashion, food, photography, and other creative disciplines” – have created a printed edition, Paper View, in which Shire’s studio is documented in all of its mish mash glory.