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about shannon shapiro

Shannon Shapiro was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, grew up in Glencoe, Illinois and studied fine art at the University of Texas at Austin (1990-1993). Shannon apprenticed in design under her mentor Arthur Andersson with the firm Moore Andersson Architects, then received her MFA at California Institute of Arts in 1996 with a 1 year scholarship program at Glasgow School of Art. Moth Design was founded in 2000. Shannon has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1993.

Philosophy

For me, the opportunity and challenge of good design is maintaining a balance between the functional and conceptual. There is always great excitement in designing something I haven’t seen before. With every piece I look for that fragility between what is practical and emotional; romantic and real by creating beauty out of intentional imperfection. The challenge is to reproduce this “imperfection” at heirloom quality by hand every time. While nature and European modernism fuel the inspiration of form, art informs the surface: crystal covered branches, powder coated coral, plaster infused cotton over steel. Never overlooked is my intent for the pieces to function pragmatically and to embrace a sense of classicism and tradition.