Furnishing Utopia/Shaker Reinterpreted

View all 29 Photos

An homage to an iconic design language.

The US Shaker communities have left behind a legacy of restrained, timeless designs that have inspired numerous modernist as well as contemporary designers over the years. Often named “the first minimalists”, the Shakers created a cornucopia of furniture and objects with an aesthetic that has resonated with many creators throughout the world. In 2016 and 2017, Furnishing Utopia organized week-long workshops in collaboration with two preserved Shaker sites, Mt. Lebanon Shaker Museum in New York and the Hancock Shaker Village in the Massachusetts Berkshires. The workshops provided unprecedented access to Shaker objects and original artifacts to a group of designers. The aim? To create a new collection that translates the distinctive character of Shaker designs into contemporary, everyday products.

The large group of international designers, which also included Norm Architects, brought together 14 design studios from 12 cities and 7 countries. Oregon-based Studio Gorm designed a range of items inspired by the minimal aesthetic. The objects channel the ethos of the original concept, but also provide a new take on the designs. The collection includes the re-imagining of a rocking chair, bench, and side chairs, as well as a selection of baskets and butter dishes. The baskets reference the traditional bent wood and woven ash harvest baskets, but reinterpreted in lightweight and flexible bamboo.

Inspired by the Enfield Shaker dining chair, Studio Gorm created two new objects: a beech bar stool and side chair. Other designs include a Douglas Fir and aluminum trestle table as well as a set of maple wood hanging utensils. Designs from the Furnishing Utopia/Shaker Reinterpreted appeared at DWR’s SoHo Studio in New York City between May 20–May 24, 2017. Photographs© Charlie Schuck and Studio Gorm.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Boat Rooms on the Fuchun River

    A creatively designed retreat that celebrates an ancient local tradition. Built on the banks of…

  • andBeyond Vira Vira Lodge

    A serene retreat set on a working farm in Chile. Back in the early ‘90s,…

  • Eastwind Hotel & Bar

    A cozy upstate New York retreat in the Catskill Mountains. The brainchild of a group…

  • The Kumaon

    A serene mountain retreat in the Himalayas. Located 1600m above sea level in the Village…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(211830)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(677)
}
            
  • The Happy Collector

    A card game designed specifically for design lovers. Perfect for parties with friends and family…

  • Introducing Combekk

    The comeback of the Dutch sand-casting iron pots in their country of origin. Back in…

  • Naoto Fukasawa: Embodiment

    Celebrating an iconic designer. After publishing the exquisite Tadao Ando: The Colors of Light Volume…

  • Llegado By Taeg Nishimoto

    Recycled paper transformed into seating. In his quest to explore the structural strength and material…

  • The GT02 Lamp

    A creative lighting design reminiscent of origami. San Francisco-based architecture and design studio Garcia Tamjidi…

  • The Savage Bag By Db Equipment

    An innovative design that provides next-level protection for bikes. After designing award-winning travel bags for…

  • The TRIWA x Humanium Metal Watch

    The world’s first watch crafted from melted illegal firearms. Stockholm-based watch brand TRIWA recently partnered…

  • Coffee Jar By Sovrappensiero

    An ingenious companion for your daily coffee making ritual. At first glance, the Coffee Jar…

  • The Revo Audio Collection

    Probably the world’s most stylish and function-packed digital radios, speakers, and CD players. In 2004,…

Close Cart