High/Low: Oval Shaker Nesting Boxes

Shaker Nesting Boxes as part of the Remodelista Storage 75 Series

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.


Masashi Ifuji Shaker Boxes at Makie Clothier
Above: Unlike other Shaker boxes, these are made in Japan. The Masashi Ifuji Oval Boxes were handcrafted following traditional Shaker templates and methods. They come in 10 sizes and range in price from $95 to $690 at Makié Clothier, which sells them in both Japanese maple and Japanese cherry wood.
Chilton Oval Shaker Boxes
Above: Chilton currently stocks Shaker Oval Boxes in the 4-inch, 5-inch, and 6-inch versions ($45 for the smaller; $55 each for the larger two). Shaker Workshops sells a stack of three, in similar sizes, for $108.75, as well as other sizes.
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:

N.B. Featured image by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: The Organized Home.

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