This year, the collective is opening up a dialogue between designers and viewers intended to transcend Shaker aesthetics. Designers were asked to explore the virtues of focused work and cleanliness that the Shakers regarded as a path to enlightenment.
The theme of chores, conventionally understood as tedious, burdensome work to be avoided, reexamines our concepts of these activities and the tools related to them, proposing a renewed sense of engagement between humans, objects and their environment in the pursuit of a more virtuous way of living through ritualizing the mundane, with the potential for clearing one’s mind, connecting with one’s body and confronting the indifference of the natural world.
Visitors will discover 50+ new objects from 26 international designers. In addition to the curated works, interactive visual and sound installations will challenge visitors to more deeply consider the sensorial satisfaction of using common tools.
Hands to Work is curated by Studio Gorm, Christopher Specce 01 ID and Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, with overall creative direction by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio. Additional support is provided by the Norwegian Consulate General New York.