HUGE Shaker Design Source List 2010

HUGE Shaker Design Source List 2010

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 2, 2010

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.

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!


The lower kitchen at Hancock Village


Small Dining Chair with woven back (37h back x 18h seat, 17w seat front x 14w seat back x 13.5 deep) - Shaker House




AVL Chair by Joep van Lieshout for Moooi


Main house - Hancock Shaker Village
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