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Shaker Furniture

Shaker Style

Authentic Shaker furniture is hard to come by, but not exceedingly rare. “Shaker style” describes furnishings and interiors that are both warm and simple, centered on unpretentious wooden chairs, tables and cabinets without ornament or embellishment.

The term derives from the popular name for an all-but-vanished American religious sect, whose members crafted honest, modest household furniture and objects as part of their belief in purposeful living and simplicity in all things.

Members of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing — called Shakers, derisively, because they writhed and danced in religious ecstasy during worship — arrived in the United States from England in 1774. Within 50 years, the sect had established 19 self-sufficient communities from Maine to Kentucky, where they lived pure, humble and industrious lives. The furniture and objects the Shakers made reflected their strict rules of behavior. Pieces such as ladder- and slat-back chairs and trestle tables were painstakingly crafted from native woods like maple and cherry, using traditional methods such as mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joinery and lathe turning. They employed strong, straight lines and symmetrical proportions, and decoration of any kind — carving, veneers, inlays — was prohibited, as it would encourage the sins of pride and vanity.

The Shakers movement included some 6,000 members at its peak in the 1860s, but the group practiced celibacy and could attempt to sustain their flock only by recruiting new adherents. Modernity proved too alluring. Today only one tiny Shaker community, in Maine, still exists, though the sect’s heritage is preserved at several historical sites.

To support their communities, the Shakers sold furniture to outsiders, who appreciated its superb quality. While the “Shaker style” label is today given to many plain, simple wooden pieces, it should also denote superior construction and solid materials. As elements in interior design, Shaker furnishings work best in a quiet decor. Modest pieces such as these can become lost among more ornate works. The style is most suitable to a country home — although a Shaker chair or cabinet can make a striking counterpoint in a modernist, urban setting.

As you will see on 1stDibs, Shaker furniture and objects have a deep appeal for their warmth, honesty and graceful simplicity, which make them welcome almost anywhere.

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Style: Shaker
Jim Rose Steel Furniture - Four Drawer Gee's Bend Blue Strip Quilt Cupboard
Located in Chicago, IL
This totally functional modern industrial cabinet is created from hot-rolled steel and found painted panels. The panels on the drawer fronts and sides are created from strips of blue...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

CHARLESTON FORGE Wrought Iron Shaker Arch Bar Height Swivel Stools - Pair E
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Contemporary style bar stools by Charleston Forge. Wrought iron with a Shaker arch back, cream colored fabric upholstered round seats that swivel, arced stretchers and bar ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Jim Rose Steel Furniture - Cabinet and Case of Drawers, Modern Functional Art
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a totally functional industrial modern cabinet and case of seven drawers. There are two interior shelves inside the cabinet. It created from hot-rolled steel and found painte...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

Jim Rose Half Housetop Gee's Inspired Quilt Cupboard, Steel Art Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
This totally functional modern industrial cabinet is created from recycled hot-rolled steel. The monochromatic quilt pattern in the doors and on the sides of the piece are inspired b...
Category

2010s Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

Beachcomber Bar Stool in White Oak
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Light and strong, the beachcomber bar stool evokes the sight of an old wooden monohull, it's lean, sturdy mast together with the rigging worthy of the high seas. Constructed of hand ...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak

Oslo Side Table in Walnut
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Oslo side table is a versatile design that can serve as a breakfast table in a small kitchen, an end table in a living room, or for playing cards. The woven Danish cord shelf pro...
Category

2010s North American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Papercord, Walnut

Beachcomber Bar Stool in Walnut
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Light and strong, the Beachcomber bar stool evokes the sight of an old wooden monohull; it's lean, sturdy mast together with the rigging worthy of the high seas. Constructed of hand ...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Adair Table, Refined English Rustic Dining Table in Walnut
Located in Chattanooga, TN
The Adair table is our tribute to English Rustic. Warm and inviting but raised to a more elegant modernity with rich Walnut instead of the traditional Scottish Pine. While more co...
Category

2010s North American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Dune Allen Credenza in Solid Walnut
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Dune Allen credenza is crafted to handle all your storage needs with refined simplicity. Clean lines and strong joinery amount to a piece that is sturdy, yet elegant. The carcass...
Category

2010s North American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

American Mid 19th Century Shaker Side Chair in Curly Maple with Tilters
By Shakers
Located in Wells, ME
American curly maple Shaker ladderback side chair with woven splint seat and tilters to the back legs. The back leg tilter was an invention of the Shakers that allowed the user to ti...
Category

Mid-19th Century American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Maple

Beachcomber Bar Stool in Walnut in Stock
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Light and strong, the beachcomber bar stool evokes the sight of an old wooden monohull, it's lean, sturdy mast together with the rigging worthy of the high seas. Constructed of hand ...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Little Dume Pedestal Table in Walnut
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Inspired by the clean, simple lines of Shaker pedestal tables, the Little Dume table is ideal for any small space that could use a little extra counter surface. Create a breakfast no...
Category

2010s North American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Beachcomber Milking Stool in Oiled Walnut
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The beachcomber milking stool is our take on a Classic, simple form. The hand shaped seat is sculpted for comfort, and the legs are shaved with a block plane lending the walnut a low...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Adair Table, Refined English Rustic Dining Table in Spruce
Located in Chattanooga, TN
The Adair table is our tribute to English Rustic. Warm, inviting and a love letter to old world craftsmanship, featuring a hand-planed spruce top, pegged tenons, and a waxed finish. ...
Category

2010s North American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Hana Walnut Trestle Dining Table
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Hana Trestle dining table is our take on the Classic trestle form, beloved by both the shakers and their distant woodworking cousins, the Japanese-who have reinterpreted the desi...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Exceptional 19th C. Hand Made Quaker Meeting House Bench, New England/Cape Cod
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Exceptional 19th C. Hand made Quaker Meeting House bench, New England/Cape Cod (Shaker) Pine, Iron Measures: H: 33.5, Seat H: 17.5 D: 16.5, Seat D: 15 W: 120 in. PAIR AVAILABLE
Category

Mid-19th Century American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Pine

Full-Length Arched Mirror in Solid White Oak by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
The contemporary Euclid mirror pays homage to the arched doorways that featured in Shaker architecture. The steam-bent arch is connected with brass pinned lap joints and the base of ...
Category

2010s Canadian Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak, Mirror

East End White Oak Trestle Table
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Initially designed for a client with a summer home out in East Hampton, the East End Trestle is made with large dinner parties in mind. It is sturdy, yet light, and the base can be d...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Cherry, Oak, Walnut

East End Trestle Table in Walnut
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Initially designed for a client with a summer home out in East Hampton, the East end trestle is made with large dinner parties in mind. It is sturdy, yet light, and the base can be d...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Sommar Dining Chair in White Oak with Spindle Back
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Inspired by the casual elegance of Scandinavian cafes with their clean, minimal aesthetic and just enough whimsy to keep the vibe fun, the Sommar Dining Chair was designed to fill a ...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Santa Rosa White Oak Bed
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Santa Rosa bed is inspired by time spent in small coastal towns and their ever present modest clapboard homes with sun bleached siding. It's almost as if the older they get, the ...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Pair of American Modernist Shaker-Inspired Benches
Located in Chicago, IL
A chic pair of mid-20th century American modernist Shaker-inspired pine benches with striking silhouette that bend seamlessly into any style interior. Painted black with signs of wea...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Pine

CHARLESTON FORGE Wrought Iron Shaker Arch Bar Height Swivel Stools - Pair A
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Contemporary style bar stools by Charleston Forge. Wrought iron with a Shaker arch back, cream colored fabric upholstered round seats that swivel, arced stretchers and bar ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Iron

Antique Early American Pine and Woven Rattan Shaker High Chair Child Doll Seat
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique handmade pine and rattan small childs or doll sized high chair with woven seat.  
Category

Early 20th Century Shaker Furniture

Materials

Rattan, Pine

Full-Length Arched Black Mirror in Solid Ash by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
The contemporary Euclid mirror pays homage to the arched doorways that featured in Shaker architecture. The steam-bent arch is connected with brass pinned lap joints and the base of ...
Category

2010s Canadian Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak, Mirror

French Farmhouse Table Refectory Shaker Style Stone Tiled Top Early 20th Century
Located in Labrit, Landes
French farm table inset stone tiles vintage 20th century Shaker style one of a kind Single drawer one end Unusual Artisan made table with French Ardoise stone tiled top of varying hu...
Category

20th Century French Shaker Furniture

Materials

Stone

Bullet Table, Rustic Oak Shaker Table with Exposed Joinery
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Our first design, the bullet table received it's name when we found an antique fired round inside one of the oak boards we were milling. Featuring a classic tapered leg, the table is...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Oak

Tranquilo Loveseat in White Oak with Spindle Back
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Everyone knows the love seat is nothing more than a glorified bench, or a miniature couch, but the fact is it's often a necessary item for city dwellers who lack the room for a secti...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Linen, Oak, Walnut

19th Century American Oak Splint Basket
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful 19th century American gathering basket tightly woven with thin oak splints, a double-banded rim, and wonderful patina.
Category

19th Century American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak

Early American Shaker Style Stove
Located in Chicago, IL
Early American Shaker Stove, .Painted metal Latched door with wrought iron feet.
Category

1910s American Vintage Shaker Furniture

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

Thomas Moser Maple Drop-Leaf Table, Signed Great Dining or Sofa Table
Located in Buchanan, MI
Thomas Moser maple drop-leaf table, signed. Each leaf is 15.5". Tabletop thickness is just under one inch.
Category

20th Century American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Maple

Baker Furniture Milling Road Shaker Style Carved Pine Linen Press or Bar Cabinet
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Shaker style linen press, bookcase hutch, or bar cabinet By Baker Furniture, "Milling Road" Collection USA, Circa 1990s Carved solid natural pine, with original b...
Category

Late 20th Century American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Brass

New England Farm Table, Shaker-Modern Dining Table in Walnut
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Our modern take on a classic shaker farm table. The New England Farm Table's features slim rails, neat but bold reveals, and a chunky tapered leg. When paired with sustainably harves...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Walnut

4 Vintage Stickley Maple Shaker Farmhouse Ladder Back Rush Dining Side Chairs
Located in Dayton, OH
Set of four vintage original Stickley side dining chairs. Made of maple featuring serpentine ladderback and rush seat. Marked on base, Stickley, Fayetteville Syracuse. This mark was ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Shaker Furniture

Materials

Rush, Maple

12' Long Bonnin Ashley Custom-Made Dining Table/ Sideboard in Fumed Black Walnut
Located in Miami, FL
A Hancock Village-inspired (Shaker), Bonnin Ashley custom-made dining table or sideboard in American black walnut with a fumed patina finish sealed with a LEED certified organic oil ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Vintage Miniature Folk Art Shaker Style Wall Hanging Cabinet Cupboard
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage Folk Art hand painted miniature cabinet with two shelves and one drawer. Measures: 16”.    
Category

Mid-20th Century Shaker Furniture

Materials

Hardwood, Paint

Claire Table, Shaker Modern Cherry Dining Table with Sculpted Joinery
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Featuring modern sculpted joinery paired with a traditional shaker form of clean lines and tapered legs, the Claire table is a blend of old form and new styling. We call the look sha...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Cherry

Hana Walnut Trestle Table in Stock
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Hana Trestle dining table is our take on the Classic trestle form, beloved by both the shakers and their distant woodworking cousins, the Japanese-who have reinterpreted the desi...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Bullet Table, Country Shaker Table with Walnut and Exposed Joinery
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Our first design, the bullet table received its name when we found an antique fired round inside one of the boards we were milling. Featuring a classic tapered leg, the table is trad...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Exceptional 19th C. Hand Made Quaker Meeting House Bench, New England/Cape Cod
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Exceptional 19th c. Hand made Quaker Meeting House bench, New England/Cape Cod (Shaker) Pine, Iron Measures: H: 33.5, Seat H: 17.5 D: 16.5, Seat D: 15 W: 120 in. Pair available.
Category

Mid-19th Century American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Pine

French Farmhouse Table Refectory Shaker Style Stone Tiled Top Mid Century
Located in Labrit, Landes
French farm table inset stone tiles vintage 20th century Shaker style one of a kind Single drawer one end Unusual Artisan made table with French Ardoise stone tiled top of varying ...
Category

1960s French Vintage Shaker Furniture

Materials

Stone

Turn of the Century Century Shaker "Picket Fence" Basket
Located in Nantucket, MA
Antique turn of the Century Century Shaker "Picket Fence" Basket, circa 1900, a rectangular work basket made of tulip - poplar wood with broad independent staves nailed to solid wood...
Category

Early 1900s American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wire

Early American Open-Front Red Painted Cupboard
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This open-front red painted cupboard is a classic example of Early American furniture with legs and feet that are simply downward extensions of the rectangular style. This piece can ...
Category

Late 19th Century American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood

Traditional Set of Persian Mahal Rug Pillows
Located in New York, NY
Set of pillows made from a 19th century terracotta color traditional Persian Mahal rug. Measuring: 16" x 24" and 20" x 24".
Category

20th Century Turkish Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

American Cherry Shaker Chest of Drawers
Located in Southampton, NY
American Cherry Shaker chest of drawers A classic clean lined chest which goes well in both traditional and modern spaces. Six drawers. Lovely tapered knobs. Good overall condition....
Category

Late 20th Century American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Cherry

CHARLESTON FORGE Wrought Iron Shaker Arch Bar Height Swivel Stools - Pair C
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Contemporary style bar stools by Charleston Forge. Wrought iron with a Shaker arch back, cream colored fabric upholstered round seats that swivel, arced stretchers and bar ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Jim Rose Legacy Collection - Tall Cabinet, Shaker Inspired Steel Cupboard
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a totally functional tall one door cupboard with two exterior drawers and one hidden drawer. It is created from naturally rusted, salvaged and recycled ship building steel. I...
Category

Early 2000s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

1757 Antique 18th Century Primitive Folk Art Ladderback Rush Shaker Chair
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique mid-18th century Shaker chair featuring painted accents with ladderback and rush seat. Circa 1757, American.  
Category

Mid-18th Century Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Rush, Hardwood, Paint

Set of 11 Shaker Style Bent Wood Boxes by James Lynch, 2001
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Set of eleven stacking handmade Shaker boxes signed James Lynch for the Dahl Company out of Portland, Maine circa 2001. These were purchased new in 2001 and were never taken out of t...
Category

Early 2000s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood

New England Farm Table, Shaker Modern Dining Table in Blackened Ash
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Our modern take on a classic shaker farm table. The New England Farm Table's features slim rails, neat but bold reveals, and a chunky tapered leg. When paired with sustainably harves...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Ash

Solid Cherrywood Lingerie Chest by Cherry Pond Designs
Located in New York, NY
Solid Cherrywood Lingerie Chest by Cherry Pond Designs. The chest has 6 pull-out drawers and is solid cherrywood throughout. Shaker style.
Category

1990s Shaker Furniture

Materials

Cherry

Solid Cherrywood High Chest by Cherry Pond Designs
Located in New York, NY
Solid cherrywood high chest by Cherry Pond Designs. The high chest is solid cherrywood throughout, has 7 pull-out drawers with dovetails to the drawers.
Category

1990s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Cherry

6 Antique Shaker Walnut Ladder Back Rush Dining Side Chairs Country Farmhouse
Located in Dayton, OH
Six antique Shaker farmhouse side dining chairs. Made of walnut featuring tall ladderback form with teardrop shaped finials, round turned supports and woven rush seat.  
Category

Early 20th Century Shaker Furniture

Materials

Rush, Walnut

1880' Italian Shabby White Piedmontese Wardrobe Sideboard Pantry Cabinet Shelves
Located in Buggiano, IT
Antique Piedmontese wardrobe with two doors, with movable shelves, original, shabby white, shallow. Size cm: 124 + 12 frame x 41 x 221 height Age: circa 1880. The cabinet can ...
Category

Late 19th Century Italian Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Fir

Vintage Honey Color Shaker Round Box with Lid
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage honey color shaker round box with lid Felt underside Size: 7" D x 3" H.
Category

1980s American Vintage Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood

Graphic Hand Woven Shaker Textile
By Shakers
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Late 19th or early 20th century Shaker textile with colorful and graphic horizontal bands and scalloped border. Ohio/Pennsylvania origin. Professionally mounted to a frame.
Category

Early 1900s American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wool

Jim Rose Steel Three-Drawer Table
Located in Chicago, IL
This steel side table by artist Jim Rose forges a connection between Shaker minimalism and the simplified lines and austere aesthetic of Ming-dynasty furniture. The culmination of ye...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

Bonnin Ashley Custom-Made Multi-Use Square or Rectangular Dining Table
Located in Miami, FL
Inspired by a Shaker table in Hancock Village, Massachusetts, this versatile table, comprising of two (2) tables in American cherry can be set up using several configurations. When a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood

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