The arrival of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States extended beyond its era. It was popular during the late 19th century, and it produced or influenced several similar but related styles in the realms of art, architecture and design. Among the more commonly used and appreciated items to be affected by the movement were doors. The Arts and Crafts movement shaped the creation and production of what we, at Nick’s have come to call “Shaker doors.”
Arguably, Shaker doors existed before the Arts and Crafts movement. The original Shakers had a lifestyle that embraced much of what the movement stood for. The objects the Shakers painstakingly created by hand represented values the Arts and Crafts movement longed to replicate. Their followers chose to reject the Victorian style with its overly-dramatic flourishes and heavily-embossed approach to design and presentation. Instead, they sought out what the Shakers came to represent:
- Simplicity in design – without frills or ornamentation
- Utilitarianism or practicality of usage
- Quality workmanship
- Durable pieces
This approach also found expression in two other movements. These are the Mission and the Craftsman styles. In modern times, Mission, Craftsman and Shaker styles are terms used interchangeably. As a result, you may find Shaker doors also referred to as Mission or Craftsman doors.
Shaker Doors: the Bare Essentials
Shaker doors are flat paneled doors. Overall, the door consists of clean lines with a central recessed central panel. They usually lack a window, making them perfect for interior doors. The addition of a window for exterior use is not uncommon in modern usage. Above all, they lack ornamentation. This specific characteristic touches the very heart of the Shaker’s personal belief system. It is also responsible, in part for its adaptation by the Arts and Crafts movement. As such, this simple and elegant line of doors has influenced other similar movements and has found a following in today’s modern world.
The Popularity of Shaker Doors
The popularity of shaker doors is indicative of a return to the ideal of America’s past. Like rustic, Mission and Craftsman doors, they represent a projected simplicity of life from earlier eras. Once a statement of rejection against Victorian grandiosity, they are now perceived as a rejection of the plastic and false nature of today’s modern, fast-paced world. Yet, in spite of the plainness and uncomplicatedness of the design, Shaker doors can easily be installed in a modern home. Talk to our professionals about Nick’s supply of clean, sharp and versatile Shaker doors. Visit nicksbuilding.com for more information.