“Also known as the United Society of Believers, The Shakers made up 4,000-6,000 members from Maine to Kentucky by 1840. The shakers were not an aesthetic movement, but a religious sect. To understand Shaker design, we must look into the inner life that created it. They turned away from society, which they called the world lived in large families that were both celibate and communal, devoted their lives to work, and celebrated their love of God in rousing dance worship that gave them the name, Shakers.” The style is harmonious, simplistic, and inherently American. Shaker Design provides an introduction followed by thorough images displaying the furniture, household objects, tools, textiles, and graphics of the group.
Paperback, 228 pages. Measures 9” x 9”. Published by W. W. Norton & Company , in 1988.