Shaun Moore is a Toronto-based furniture designer and craftsman. His design and retail outlet MADE is unique for exclusively offering products that are independently produced and Canadian-made.
In 2005, Shaun Moore joined forces with Julie Nicholson to form MADE, a Toronto-based multidisciplinary studio. In September 2006, they opened their retail space, specializing in independent Canadian design.
From 1995 to 1997, the Winnipeg-born Moore lived in Ireland where his informal design education began. From there, he settled in Toronto and graduated from the Furniture Design Program at Sheridan Institute of Technology (formerly Sheridan College) where he won a number of awards.
He worked in both furniture design and production and undertook private commissions before returning to design retail management and then forming MADE. His own furniture designs are characterized by contrasts in material and colour and are mainly executed in wood, steel and upholstery.
MADE was established to promote and sell current, Canadian-designed furniture that is produced on a small scale. Custom design work is a major focus. MADE’s commissioned work includes site-specific furniture pieces and millwork, permanent and temporary design/art installations and interior design. Since 2008, Moore and Nicholson (as MADE) have curated a series of design exhibitions called Radiant Dark. They also regularly curate art and design projects in their in-store exhibit space (a former walk-in refrigerator), known as the Cooler Gallery.
Moore is co-founder of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (ToDO): a collaborative effort to promote multiple Toronto design exhibitions; and Do Design: a neighbourhood initiative which brings design to unlikely shop-front, cafe and restaurant spaces. Both focus annually on Toronto's unofficial design week in January. He has participated in numerous art and design juries, as well as acted on advisory panels for the Textile Museum of Canada and the Ontario College of Art Student Gallery. He speaks frequently on the topic of Canadian design.
Moore's work (including the work of MADE) has been published in a variety of domestic and international publications. Most recently, MADE was featured in The New York Times travel guide, “36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada.”
image: Boathouse Sofa, Shaun Moore