Is there a word for boxes that are exquisitely handcrafted and have curves rather than sharp 90-degree angles? If there is, I can’t think of it, so for now I’ll just go with the descriptor, Shaker boxes.
These classic bentwood nesting boxes aren’t held together by glue but with copper tacks and wooden dowels—just as they were made by the Shakers hundreds of years ago. They’re pretty enough to occupy a place of honor in your home (stacked on a fireplace mantel, even), but don’t let that stop you from actually using them (in fact, the Shakers, ever practical, would insist that you do). Traditionally made to store sewing notions and dried goods, the bins can also be used to hold stationery, jewelry, little treasures—anything, really.
If you’ve been paying attention, you already know that we are no stranger to the charms of Shaker design. Here’s some required reading for a deeper dive:
- 12 Ingenious Storage Lessons from the Shakers
- 10 Easy Pieces: Peg Rails
- Object Lessons: The Autumnal Broom
- 10 Easy Pieces: Shaker-Inspired Dining Tables
N.B. Featured image by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: The Organized Home.