The Shakers built their own houses and furniture, as well as refining woodworking tools such as the circular saw. They became renowned as highly skilled craftsmen..
The Shakers’ philosophy revolved around these three concepts: Honesty. Functionality. Simplicity.
When they built furniture, they avoided unnecessary decoration. The focus was on shapes and proportions, often with creative solutions that gave an extra function.
Out of this, a unique and beautiful style was born. Classic, ascetic, beautiful.
The Shaker movement is now almost extinct, but their aesthetics remain. It played a part in the rise the Funkis style in the 30’s, and has influenced many furniture designers over the years.