Emma Fraser
— Design Assistant

May 25th, 2017

Movers & Shakers

Emma Fraser, Design Assistant / May 25th, 2017

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We have all seen many styles and trends come and go over the years, but shaker furniture has become something of an institution. Through its simple uncluttered lines this cabinetry works in a diverse range of different properties. From a contemporary loft apartment through to your three-bedroom semi-detached house, the shaker kitchen can be moulded to suit.

So where did this timeless furniture style come from? Interestingly, it was the craftsmanship of a group called ‘The Shakers’, a millenarian restorationist Christian sect founded in England during the 18th century. The group became known by this due to their ecstatic conduct during worship, which would involve shaking and dancing. During the period of 1820 to 1860 the group became known for their durable and functional furniture design and craftsmanship. The Shakers believed that the process of veneering and applying ornamentation to furniture was ‘deceitful’ and so they preferred a simple crafted look. 

Influences of the Shaker style can be found all over the world and it is beyond doubt one of the most recognisable types of furniture, and certainly a firm favourite with our clients. The versatility alone of this cabinetry means that with a few small tweaks a design can be transformed from country kitchen to modern wonderland in an instant.

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This classic example has a concealed hinge construction, for those of you who may be living with somebody who is prone to indulge in a little bit of door slamming, then this is the kitchen for you! Soft close hinges are a thing of beauty as they gently draw the door to the cabinet with not a clunk to be heard. Styled with brass hardware this kitchen is of the moment but still stylish enough to outlive the fleeting trends.

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Vintage meets the modern world in this design. The simple shaker door allows the modern walnut veneered elements in this kitchen to make a statement. The scheme is brought together using walnut handles on the white handpainted furniture. By keeping the material influences to a minimum, there is no discord between the finishes.

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This shaker kitchen is constructed using the traditional butt hinge. Our cabinetry doors close onto a solid wood block, which gives the most satisfying clunk. There is just something so endearing about this traditional method that never tires with us, and brings a little smile to our faces every time!

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So, if you are struggling with the age-old contemporary versus traditional furniture design, then look no further than a Shaker style. It has proven time and again that it withstands the modern world of ever changing design; just give your furniture a little TLC every so often and it will reward you with years of timeless satisfaction.

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