Many wonder how Shaker furniture came to be known as it is today. The Shaker style has not just survived for nearly 200 years, it has thrived, and is today one of the most popular furniture styles on the market. As the saying goes "society tends to admire complexity but rewards simplicity". It's easy to argue Shaker furniture, with it's simplistic beauty, is both admired and rewarded.
Shaker furniture is the closest rival of Mission amongst the distinct old world styles, and is such for reason both styles have in common: an elegant simplicity that gives our eyes and minds a break from common complexities surrounding us in everyday life. Shaker furniture takes it's own spin on this philosophy that distinguishes it from Mission style furniture. Shaker furniture features more curves, while some builders may say you can spot Mission furniture if all the lines could be made with a plane.
Shaker furniture was developed by the Unitied Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, also known as the Shakers, for short. This religious following was founded by James and Jane Wardeley who arrived in the United States from Manchester, England in 1774. Shakers are thought to have been developed from the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers which was founded by the teachings of Ann Lee. Shaker are mostly known for their cultural contributions, such as music and furniture, because they rejected sexual relations which led to their decline in numbers.