Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection

June 2, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Grace and simplicity are two adjectives used to describe Shaker design, they are also the perfect descriptors for Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection, a new book from Assouline publishing. This book is a celebration of the Shaker lifestyle, featuring 28 essential Shaker furniture pieces in beautiful photographs, giving us a glimpse into the lives of people that truly believed in “waste not, want not” and “cleanliness is next to godliness”.


Authors are, Jerry Grant, Director of Collections and Research at the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, who lends his expertise and 35 years of experience working in the area of Shaker history to this book, as well as David Stocks, president of the Mount Lebanon Shaker museum since 2007, and a leader in preservation organizations. The writing trio is rounded out by Sir Terence Conran, a world renown designer, restaurateur and retailer who has written over 50 other books on food and design.

Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection gives us a glimpse into the Shaker lifestyle through the use of images from the archives of the Mount Lebanon Shaker Museum, showing us the values of a group of people being still relevant today, shining through in the design of their elegant and simplistic creations. A beautiful addition to any design lover’s book collection, for more information on this book and many others visit the Assouline website here, and check back all month as we focus on 5 new books from Assouline for your collecting and summer reading pleasure. Enjoy!!!

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This post was done in collaboration with Assouline Publishing, Thank you to Assouline for images and information that made this post possible.

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