The first Minimalists

The Shaker’s dedication to hard work and perfection yielded timeless designs that have inspired countless modernist and contemporary designers all over the world.  Yet with their presence confined to just a few sites in the United States, it is rare to have the opportunity to experience Shaker objects in person and in context.

In collaboration with the Hancock Shaker Village and the Mt. Lebanon Shaker Museum, a group of designers participated in a week-long workshop conducted at two preserved Shaker sites, giving access to an extensive archive of objects and engaging them in a dialog with the museum’s curators. The designers were invited to channel the Shaker ingenuity and aesthetics into modern forms relevant to contemporary life.

We are please to present A collection of 32 Shaker-inspired objects featuring work by 11 design studios from 10 cities and 6 countries shown alongside original artifacts that inspired them. 

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Photo credit by Charlie Schuck


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