Continuing in our Take A Seat series, we will be looking at Shaker Chair Styles.
This distinct style was developed by American Shaker communities, beginning in the late 18th century. The designs were inspired by the ascetic religious beliefs of the members, which required communal living in linear, symmetrical structures that were sparsely furnished, and full of natural light. In Shaker buildings, furniture and architecture served the same common goal: a simple, well-ordered life. Shaker furniture is characterized by its simplicity and innovative joinery, with an emphasis on functionality and fine craftsmanship, rather than ornamentation.
Shakers made furniture for their own use, and also sold to the public. Shaker style was a source of inspiration for numerous modern furniture designers throughout the 20th century and continues to be popular today. Traditionally, shaker style chairs were made out of smooth hardwoods such as cherry and maple. Amish Tables has several Shaker chair styles, such as the Old Arlington Dining Chair and Jackson Dining Chair. Pair either of these chairs with the Shaker Mission Table or the Gathering Table for a tranquil dining space of your own.