Furnishing Utopia is a group collection of the modern day artifacts created in a response to the Shaker aesthetic. The Shakers, often credited as the first minimalists, were a religious group and utopian community whose simple furniture has been influencing many modernist and contemporary designers. They produced the exceptional, refined and highly-functional pieces, ranging from furniture and housewares to tools. The religious group believed in unadorned, elegant and useful objects.
The design project realized in a 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, a group of twelve international designers had an access to extensive museum archive. Following the workshop, the designers were invited to create the designs that translate the ingenuity and aesthetics of Shaker objects into contemporary objects. The collection of more than thirty minimalist furniture pieces and everyday objects debuted recently at Sight Unseen Offsite, at 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