Shaker Style

June 1, 2015

By Tab Byrum

I’m excited to announce that I’m doing a series of posts during the month of June in collaboration with the publishing house of Assouline. I’ve chosen five books that Assouline has recently published having to do with design, I’ll be doing a post on the subject itself on Mondays in June then on Tuesdays I’ll do a post about the book that Assouline has published about that same subject. The first subject we are looking at is the Shaker style of design and furniture.


Shaker is a style of design in the Amish community, the Shaker style is known for being simple but elegant, functional and durable, all handmade with no use of electricity. The use of carvings or inlays was seen as prideful so Shakers opted to use asymmetrical drawer arrangements and wooden knobs to create visual interest on their furniture. I’m very drawn to the Shaker furniture, I love the simplicity of it and the clean lines. Join me today as we look at Shaker furniture and check back tomorrow as we look at Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection by Assouline Publishing. Enjoy!!!


Shaker inspired cherry end table. 


A storage piece from a Shaker village in Kentucky. 


I think if I only had one piece of Shaker furniture, it would be a bench.


The simple beauty of Shaker homes. 


A peek inside this Shaker bedroom shows the simple beauty of several pieces together. 


A Shaker blanket chest looks to be very old.


A beautiful Shaker sideboard. 


Beautiful, simple and elegant are some of the words I would use to describe this Shaker dresser. 


A reproduction piece, inspired by Shaker design.


A beautiful example of Shaker table and chairs. 


Many times Shaker furniture pieces are large and imposing and combine drawers and doors, as seen in this large chest piece. 


Walls of drawers and cupboards are a common storage element in Shaker homes. 


An amazing Shaker staircase from the Shaker village in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.

So what are your thoughts on Shaker design, I’d love to hear what you think. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as we look at Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection from Assouline. Have a great day!!!

All images are courtesy of Pinterest.

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