Shaker cabinets have ruled the cabinetry world for the past 5 years. Their simplistic design and versatility can work with any home, style, or hardware. What most people don’t know is, shaker cabinets have a rich history.
Characterized by a five-piece door, Shaker cabinets are know for their recessed center panel. These unadorned, flat-panel, cabinets are loved for their clean lines and lack of design dimension. This lack of dimension allows other pieces of the kitchen design to stand out, for example, brass or vintage hardware, a statement island, or colorful appliances.
The term ‘shaker’ cabinet comes from the Shaker Christian denomination. The Shakers were founded in the 18th century and they believed that the second coming was near. Because of their beliefs, the Shakers wanted to create a utopia. The Shakers were an honest, utilitarian, and minimalist society and it shows in their work.
Because they made all of their own furniture and were focused on perfection, their creations took simple form. The Shakers wanted as much open, communal space as possible. Because of this, they were some of the early implementers of built-ins.
Shaker Cabinets Today
With the rise of modernism in the 20th century, shaker cabinets have proven their timeless design. We can all take inspiration in the Shaker’s attention to form, solid design, and lasting impressions.
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