Simple and functional are the central themes for this style. A clean design without decoration and embellishment. The Shakers were a religious sect that originated in 18th century England. Tidiness and order were central to Shaker culture. Everything in the home was kept neat and in its proper place. Shakers are sometimes referred to as the first minimalists. The Shakers embraced the three concepts of honesty, function and simplicity. This also applied to their furniture. The Shaker style is very popular today with its pared-back, understated look.