Furnishing Utopia is a group collection of modern day artifacts created in response to the Shaker aesthetic & philosophy by a group of twelve international designers. The Shakers, often credited as the first minimalists, were religious group and utopian community whose simple aesthetic and furniture have been influencing modernist and contemporary designers for many years. The Shakers produced exceptionally refined, highly functional products for daily life, from furniture, housewares, tools, interiors and architecture. They believed in creating only useful objects that are unadorned yet elegant.
The design project realized in collaboration with the Hancock Shaker Village and the Mt. Lebanon Shaker Museum, included a week-long workshop that was conducted at two preserved Shaker sites. There, designers had an access to an extensive archive of objects and were engaged in a dialog with the museum’s curators. Following the workshop, the designers were invited to produce designs that translate the ingenuity and aesthetics of Shaker objects into modern forms relevant to contemporary life. The collection of more than thirty minimalist furniture pieces and everyday objects recently debuted at Sight Unseen Offsite as part of New York Design Week 2016.
Baskets and Shaker Rocker / Studio Gorm
Bench / Studio Gorm
Shaker Trays / Norm
Shaker Workstation / Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Candle Holder / Jonah Takagi
Handle Stool / Gabriel Tan
Brethren Doorstop / Gabriel Tan
Gabriel Tan / Brethren Bench
Doverail-mirror & Doverail-shelf / Hallgeir Homstvedt
Chandelier, Sconce & Candlestick / Tom Bonamici
Sister table / Studio Tolvane
Handy Scraper / Chris Specce
Daybed / Darin Montgomery