Shakers: The Original Modernists?
“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 design philosophy
An elegant, minimalist—yet somehow grand—aesthetic is on display at the living history Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.
The 3,000-acre compound, founded in 1805, features 34 restored buildings and an extensive museum collection. There are also acres of farmland planted with heirloom varietals.
The visual experience brings to mind the “Less is more” credo of Mies van der Rohe.