My version of running away to join the circus would be to run away to and make Shaker furniture. I deeply appreciate the balance of simplicity with functionality in Shaker pieces.
The work shown in the picture above is from a project called “Furnishing Uptopia” hosted by Hancock Shaker Village and Mt. Lebanon Shaker Museum. The project invited a set of international designers to study an archive of Shaker furniture, then design their own contemporary spin on Shaker objects–tables and rakes and baskets and stools. The results are beautiful. You can see more here.