Two hundred years later Shaker furniture looks contemporary. The clean lines of the utilitarian pieces remain as relevant today as they did when the pieces were constructed two centuries ago. Maple and cherry woods were commonly used for Shaker furniture, and the patina of those pieces has warmed to a soft glow. Although many companies try to replicate Shaker pieces, it’s the wood and the attention to scale, proportion, and line of the originals that makes them so special. For simplicity, seek Shaker.