The Shakers were an American religious cult founded in the 18th century by the Englishman Ann-Lee. They are known for their special way of life, based on equality and community, for the quality and simplicity of their craftsmanship and for worshiping while dancing. The Shaker communities exist today as museums and their unique furniture and craftsmanship have been preserved.
The Shakers focused on cleanliness and simplicity in all aspects of life and had thorough cleaning routines in the home. They lived with fixed routines that dictated that things had to be cleared away immediately. Their craftsmanship supported the need for order and cleanliness.
Today, Shaker furniture and accessories are still produced according to the original drawings and artisanal methods. The more than 200-year-old Shaker design is still just as relevant today – clean lines and simple design are timeless.