Hancock Baskets are a minimal collection of slatted baskets created by Finland-based designers Studio Tolvanen for Furnishing Utopia. The designers were inspired by a laundry basket at Hancock Shaker Village. Four baskets make up the family – a Large Basket for laundry or magazines, a Bread Basket, a Serving Tray, and a Mushroom Hunting Basket. The four incorporate details from various baskets the designers liked in the archives, but the material is modern bent plywood – which they think the Shakers would have wholeheartedly embraced for its strength and lightness. The Hand is a pine toy with a magnetic removable thumb. The shape comes from a Mitten Mold used by Shakers to shrink knitted woolens to proper size.
Photography by Petter Johansson