Best Shaker Design Sources 2012

Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide

Growing up in the Northeast, I have a deep affection for the Shakers and their enduring design, which flowed directly from their religious beliefs. Maintaining that everybody could find God within him or herself, rather than through clergy or rituals, the Shakers dedicated their lives to pursuing perfection and continuously confessing their sins.

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A good example of this is this motto: "Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow." Thus, objects were made to be perfect in their eyes while plain in style, durable and highly functional.

Some Shaker furnishing sources are easy to find, and others are hard. I've been collecting them for a few years now, and constantly updating the list. Here's the latest. Enjoy, and if you've got a source that I'm missing, please add it to comments. Thank you!

VISIT

  • HancockShakerVillage.org in Pittsfield, MA

  • The Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake, ME
  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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    The lower kitchen at Hancock Village
    FURNISHINGS

  • Shaker Boxes by Steve Grasselli

  • Ian Ingersoll: Cabinetmaker

  • Shaker Workshops in Ashburnham, MA

  • S. Timberlake & Company of Bethel, ME

  • Richard Bissell Woodworking

  • Shaker Furniture of Goshen, IN

  • ShakerStyle.com

  • Shaker View Furniture of Oxford, ME

  • Shaker Furniture by Vermont Woodworkers

  • Best Simple Wooden Beds (Shaker style)
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    Small Dining Chair with woven back (37h back x 18h seat, 17w seat front x 14w seat back x 13.5 deep) - Shaker House

    CHAIRS

  • Shaker Workshops in Ashburnham, MA

  • S. Timberlake & Company of Bethel, ME

  • Shaker Furniture of Goshen, IN

  • ShakerStyle.com

  • Shaker View Furniture of Oxford, ME

  • Shaker Furniture by Vermont Woodworkers
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    SHAKER STYLE & TOURS

  • Shaker House Tour

  • Shaker Scale: Table & Chairs

  • Look! Shaker Organization in Hancock Village

  • Look! Shaker Peg Rails in Hancock Village

  • Color Combo: Shaker Yellow with Natural Wood

  • Look! Black Shaker Floors

  • Historical Bright Yellow Closeup

  • Shaker Scale: Doorways

  • Amazing Wall Curtains: Shaker Design for Drafts

  • DIY Idea: Marble Patchwork Floor in a Shaker Kitchen

  • Shaker Style: An Elegance Beyond Time in the NYTimes
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    AVL Chair by Joep van Lieshout for Moooi
    CONTEMPORARY DESIGNS INSPIRED BY THE SHAKERS

  • De La Espada's Matthew Hilton line
  • Scott Jordan Furniture

  • Thos. Moser
  • The Salt Chair

  • Nakashima Straight Backed Chair

  • The Thatcher Chair

  • AVL Shaker Chair

  • Shaker Inspired Simplicity by Other Designers in the NYTimes
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    Matthew Hilton for De La Espada