The History of the Shaker Kitchen
Clean lines, timeless style and functionality may be some of the things you think of when you visualise a shaker kitchen. This style of craftmanship originates from a 17th century North American religious sect, called the Shakers. The Shakers were a sub group of the Quakers and were named after their animated, dynamic worshiping style.
Like many eastern philosophies the Shakers rejected flamboyant design and embraced simplicity. Quality and practicality were essential and they even believed that great craftmanship was an act of prayer in its self. Mortise and tenon joinery and dovetailing were a hallmark of the Shaker style and are replicated to this day.
Although conservative in many ways the shakers were great innovators and loved creating and using new technologies to become more efficient.
The shakers have inspired an abundance of designers throughout history and the name has become synonymous with quality.
Without detaching from the original elegant simplicity, a shaker kitchen can be modernised, adjusted and allowed to evolve. By adding additions to the traditional wood one can elevate your cabinetry to fit in with any décor. Using such materials as Chrome or Brass one can give a kitchen a far more progressive design aesthetic, modernising and dressing up a usually traditional style.
Practicality has also been improved with the additions of magic corners, pull out racks and integrated appliances, making for a functional living space experience.
Soft closing German runners give premium kitchens an edge with a simple yet elegant finishing touch intergraded side by side with the time honoured joinery.
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