FURTH YASHAR & presents “Peter Shire: Good Taste” a legendary exhibit hosted by Farrow & Ball


It’s our favorite time of year, when the Legends of La Cienega design summit descends upon the robust design quarter in Los Angeles, bringing together many of the industry’s most brilliant minds. From panels and parties to vignettes and dreamy window installations, the annual celebration that runs May 7-11, will honor design icons whose inventive, pioneering work influenced generations.

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LA’s experimental, pop-up design gallery FURTH YASHAR &, British paint and wallpaper brand Farrow & Ball and California Home & Design are pleased to announce a special exhibition for Legends 2019: Peter Shire: Good Taste. The special exhibition, curated by Oliver M. Furth and Sean Yashar at Farrow & Ball, celebrates colour as a tool for pushing design boundaries, serving as a catalyst for ending the sculpture/object divide. Peter Shire: Good Taste will be on view at the Farrow & Ball La Cienega Design Quarter Flagship from May 7 – 11, 2019.

Peter Shire: Good Taste celebrates the iconic, Los Angeles-based artist’s significant contributions to dismantling the 20th century hierarchy between decorative and fine arts. Rising to prominence in the 1980s as a founding member of the quintessentially postmodernist design collective Memphis, this show presents a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into Shire’s active L.A. studio, featuring a cross section of works in medium, scale and colour. This ephemeral installation invites viewers to question their own ideas of what defines art and design, and what constitutes “good taste.” As a primary tool of his practice, Shire’s fearless use of colour as a device to playfully provoke, subvert, transgress and inspire is central to the show’s message.

“At Farrow & Ball, we have always been inspired by artists whose work draws on a strong use of colour, and Peter Shire is the ultimate icon of colour,” said Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative for Farrow & Ball. “It’s an absolute privilege to offer a glimpse into Peter’s creative process within our Los Angeles Flagship, where we hope visitors will be inspired to engage with colour in a new way.”

This rare installation inside Farrow & Ball’s new La Cienega showroom presents a never before seen look into Shire’s L.A. studio, by featuring a cross section of his work that provokes viewers to question their own ideas of what defines art and design, and what constitutes “good taste.”

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“FURTH YASHAR & has the dynamic of tradition and the vision for the radical, and a way to combine them that causes visual and emotional excitement and tranquility mixed together,” says artist Peter Shire. “In short, the key to an exceptional life, encouraged by an exceptional environment. These are the things that we live for and have trust that the things around us increase our lives. This moment is an extreme honor because they set forth their respect and interest in my work. More importantly for me, it celebrates our friendship.”

Founded by interior designer Oliver M. Furth and brand consultant Sean Yashar, FURTH YASHAR & is an innovative roving gallery concept that challenges conventional definitions of art and design and the confined labels that come with it.

“Peter’s early Post-Modern work has influenced a generation of younger designers to a point of undeniable zeitgeist,” says Furth on Shire’s body of work. “In the past decades he has championed the work of his colleagues, both emerging and established, all while making his own range of influential work.  He has lived and worked in Echo Park his entire life and his studio is a melting pot of creativity and positivity.  It’s our great privilege to celebrate the icon and our friend, Peter Shire, bringing his studio into the middle of LCDQ for Legends week!”

Since 1946 Farrow & Ball’s products have transformed conventional colour practices in design with rich and complex hues. This fascinating experience furthers their commitment to pushing boundaries within the design community, while celebrating the art of colour.

“It’s always more interesting to propose questions rather than profess answers,” notes Sean Yashar. “It’s not necessarily about achieving, but rather about actively participating and contributing to the design dialogue we are all in. Our ephemeral, week-long installation invites viewers to question their own ideas of what defines art and design, and what constitutes “good taste.”  It’s really about provoking an emotional and intellectual response.”

RSVP to attend the public opening on May 7, or experience the exhibit before May 11 at; Farrow & Ball Showroom located at 741 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, 90069.

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