Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection

Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection is an homage to the traditional Shaker values of grace and simplicity. Featured are twenty-eight essential pieces that highlight the defining elements of Shaker design and demonstrate a dedication to perfection.

Designer and furniture expert Sir Terence Conran speaks about the profound Shaker influence on twentieth-century furniture, and David Stocks and Jerry Grant of The Shaker Museum│Mount Lebanon illustrate Shaker history, tradition, and the furniture-making techniques that ensured lasting value and beauty.

Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection is also available for pre-order through the museum’s online store for $50 and ships February-March 2015.

Jack Plane



About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection

  1. dzj9 says:

    I admit I’m no expert in this field, but what I always wondered was why was a type of furniture that was ubiquitous in both the New and Old World named after the Shakers? Sure, they made solid, country/ reductionist/ utilitarian type of furniture. But so did a lot (most?) of cabinetmakers before them.


  2. Jeremiah says:

    The museum is not far from my house, only several hours drive. I’ll have to head up there when they open for the season. Would be a pretty ride on the motorcycle.


  3. paul6000000 says:

    I was also wondering if you had any particular reason to recommend this book….not that you need to justify anything, it’s just that I couldn’t find any preview pages and was wondering if there was anything that set it apart from other picture books of Shaker furniture/crafts.


    • Jack Plane says:

      I haven’t seen a copy of the book (and am unlikely to), but Shaker furniture has its followers. I simply admire their restraint in its construction and decoration.

      Coming from the horse’s mouth – as it were – I thought the book would appeal to some readers.



  4. Pogo930 says:

    Mostly for your US followers. The New York State Museum has 2 exhibits currently running about the Shakers. Being a state funded agency they don’t do a lot of PR. It is less than hour to Mt. Lebanon and Hancock.


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