Arch + Design, Fine Objects, Visualizing

Furnishing Utopia

May 19, 2016

Furnishing Utopia Studio Gorm Minimalist DesignFurnishing 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.

Furnishing Utopia website / tumblr

Furnishing Utopia Studio Gorm Baskets Minimalist Design
Baskets and Shaker Rocker / Studio Gorm

Furnishing Utopia Studio Gorm Bench
Bench / Studio Gorm

Furnishing Utopia Norm Shaker Trays
Shaker Trays / Norm

Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design Project / Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Shaker Workstation / Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design Project / Jonah Takagi Candle Holder
Candle Holder / Jonah Takagi

Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design Project / Gabriel Tan
Handle Stool / Gabriel Tan

Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design Project / Gabriel Tan
Brethren Doorstop / Gabriel Tan

Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design Project / Gabriel Tan
Gabriel Tan / Brethren Bench

 Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design Project / Hallgeir Homstvedt
Doverail-mirror & Doverail-shelf / Hallgeir Homstvedt

Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design Project / Tom Bonamici
Chandelier, Sconce & Candlestick / Tom Bonamici

Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design Project / Studio Tolvane
Sister table / Studio Tolvane 

Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design Project / Chris Specce
Handy Scraper / Chris Specce

Furnishing Utopia Shakers Design / Darin Montgomery
Daybed / Darin Montgomery


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