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“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.”—Shaker rule of thumb

The quote above is so important to Room & Board’s approach to design that it is displayed on the walls in many of our showrooms across the country. Shaker style is known for simple lines, functionality and fine craftsmanship. Often referred to as the first minimalists, the Shakers designed their buildings and furniture around the principles of order and neatness. Their timeless aesthetic inspired modern designers like George Nakashima and Hans Wegner, and has found its way into our collections as well. Here are a few examples of Shaker style as interpreted by Room & Board.

Hopkins chairs | Featuring timeless ladder back design associated with classic Shaker style, this chair pairs well with any table and highlights the durability of American craftsmanship. Each chair is made from domestically sourced ash, one at a time, by expert woodworkers in Massachusetts.

Adams collection | This collection brings the timeless elegance of Shaker design into the modern home. Each piece is crafted from solid wood and signed by the West Virginia artisans who built it.

Spike multiple wall hooks | The Shakers hung wooden peg rails around their rooms and used them to hold everything from their (ladder back) chairs to specially designed candle holders. Our modern version is artisan-crafted in Minnesota from steel.

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