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