Shaker History
Shaker furniture is widely admired for its simplicity, innovative joinery, quality, and functionality. Shaker designs were inspired by the ascetic religious beliefs of the Society.

"Shaker - the art
of simplicity"

As the American Revolution was coming to an end, the Shaker craftsmen of New Lebanon, New York, had already begun building furniture. The Shakers worked in the traditional 18th century method of construction, utilizing solid wood design; and instilled a new philosophy in their methods of design and construction which transgressed and enveloped their creations. Their principal of design was that, "All work done, or things made in the Church and for their own use ought to be faithfully and well done, but plain and without superfluity." From simple blanket chests to trestle tables, design proportions were usually more elegant and free of excess weight, often giving the impression of a delicacy that belied the strength and precision of the construction. Even the most mundane was made abundantly graceful. Interior designers, decorators, antiquarians, and antique collectors have developed a deep love and admiration for the quality and symmetry of Shaker furnishings. Shaker furniture, above all, is functional - yet, its simplicity of design, balanced proportions, and aesthetically pleasing lines will blend or contrast effectively with many other decors from colonial, to eclectic, to modern minimalist. Consequently, the ever increasing market value of authentic Shaker furnishings is prohibitively expensive at worst, and mercurial at best. Many desiring the Shaker aesthetic design opt for reproductions that are scrupulously replicated in style, proportion, and materials.