Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Shaker Philosophy Take 2

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her invention nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.”
     — Leonardo Da Vinci

Each Shaker cabinetmaker did his best to make a functional piece within the limits of acceptable design, but not merely copying exactly what had been done before.  Sort of an undesigned design. 
Architects and artists who study Shaker buildings and furniture come to the same conclusion:  The very best of design is timeless -- and that true luxury can be found in simplicity and utility. 

And always balance.

It’s really something that can’t be told, it must be lived.   
Simplicity — Utility — Minimalist Designs  — Balance

I’m not sure I’ll ever get there, but it’s a worthy goal.

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

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