FURNISHING UTOPIA WORKSHOP / EXHIBITION
Initiated by Portland design duo Studio Gorm, Furnishing Utopia is a touring exhibition of works by 15 international design studios. Following a workshop at the Hancock Shaker Village, where the designers explored the Shaker aesthetic, craft and values, the pieces are inspired by their minimalism, purity, thoughtfulness and integrity.
After studying Shaker archives, examining the furniture and craftsmanship, and learning about their processes and manufacturing methods, each studio returned home to use this information to reinterpret Shaker design in their own way. The result is "Furnishing Utopia", which was first shown at Sight Unseen Offsite during NY Design Week 2016. The exhibition featured the designers' work alongside selected Shaker artifacts from Hancock Village.
Furnishing Utopia is now in it's second iteration, having added new designer's to its roster of participating studios, and exhibiting new products during NY Design Week 2017.
Alongside participating in the workshops and designing products for the collection, L&G Studio played a large organizational role in this project. Coordinating workshops, studios, photo shoots, exhibitions and graphic collateral to help Studio Gorm and the rest of the team realize this meaningful project, which continues to grow and evolve.
For more information on the Furnishing Utopia project, please visit www.shakerdesignproject.com
All photography at Shaker Village: Charlie Schuck // Site: Hancock Shaker Village
Participating Designers: Studio Gorm, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Darin Montgomery, Norm Architects, Jonah Takagi, Hallgeir Homstvedt, Studio Tolvanen, Christopher Specce, Gabriel Tan, Zoe Möwat, Tom Bonamici, Bertjan Pot, Anderssen & Voll, Vera & Kyte
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