Journal

Cabinet Styles

Guild Anderson Design Styles

April. 2021

There are many cabinet styles to chose from when considering the look of your new kitchen. Often the most important decision you will make when commissioning bespoke cabinets is the style. Fashions change in interiors, but traditional styles stand the test of time.

Guild Anderson’s approach to designing your cabinetry is a simple one; no two designs will ever be the same.  The bespoke service we offer reflects the fact that no two clients are the same; no two homes are the same. 

Our door styles are a true reflection of our clients’ personal style.  Each door is handmade, totally unique; each design an individual reflection of our clients’ personal taste. 

Nick Anderson attributes two periods in history as a primary influence on Guild Anderson’s designs; Georgian and Shaker, both timeless and understated, but in different ways.

Georgian architecture and design is based on classical principles first established by the ancient Greeks. Based on principles of proportion, balance and harmony there is a sublime elegance to Georgian design which has endured over the centuries. There is a “rightness” to well-executed Georgian design which we still recognise today.

The great designers of the period; Thomas Chippendale, Robert and James Adam, George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton have all left a legacy of unparalleled furniture making; furniture of style, quality and durability. This was the great age of cabinet-making.

By contrast the Shakers were a religious sect founded in 1774 by British emigrants to New York. They followed the principles of humility, simplicity, utility and honesty.  1820 to 1865 is considered the “classical era” of Shaker furniture.  Eschewing decoration and outward displays of status, their ethic was rooted in simple function, with a pared-down aesthetic that now feels highly contemporary – resonating as it does with the principles of more recent design movements such as 20th century Modernism.

Today Shaker style is among the most popular styles of door. With an understated, functional yet elegant look, this aesthetic works well throughout the house, particularly of course in the kitchen. It’s ironic of course that a style that’s rooted in humility and simplicity is now regarded as incredibly chic!

Guild Anderson Design Styles

Old Rectory is a design that reflects a true classic English Georgian aesthetic.  Its main features being moulding on the doors and the use of skirting.  Moulding is applied to a flat door face, acting as a “frame within a frame” to outline the drawers and doors.  Both moulding and beading offer a more traditional style, softening the door and allowing for a more delicate, detailed look to the cabinetry.

Bucknowle is a beautifully elegant design with turned legs, posts and trims and panelled doors.  All panels are consistent and aligned perfectly, creating a seamless line.  This design originated in a dressing room, but has adapted wonderfully as a kitchen style.  Accents can be in solid wood or painted and the style lends itself perfectly to a table style island; a true centrepiece of any large kitchen.

Viewfield is a modern contemporary style, with a nod to Shaker designs, it has a bold chamfer detail on each door and drawer, paired back detailing, long sleek handles and a recessed plinth.  Clean simple lines, unembellished surfaces, modern and familiar to contemporary eyes.

Modern Shaker follows the design beliefs upheld by the Shaker movement; reflected in the stripped back, functional style of their aesthetic.

Style is very much a personal choice and Nick’s philosophy is to work with our clients from the earliest stage to explore their taste and their functional needs and translate that into a detailed design brief and stylistic language.

Flat (slab) doors are uniquely contemporary. They offer a sleek modern finish, allowing for hidden or finger hole handles; they can work in any setting due to their calming, simple design.  They are  constructed from a single piece of timber and different woods allow for natural or painted finishes.  Natural finishes will showcase the grain of the wood beautifully; bright painted colour finishes can be allowed to sing, while darker hues can create a sense of calm and are more recessive.

Glazed doors lighten the sight-lines in any scheme; allowing the space to look larger and more airy.  Popular in Shaker style kitchens; they can lift a kitchen design.  Glass creates a sophisticated look and brings an element of “show” to a room, breaking up otherwise flat surfaces.

In construction, for all our painted kitchens we use tulip wood; a dense stable hardwood with hardly any knots. The close grained finish accepts paint really well, providing a smooth surface; it doesn’t fluctuate with temperature changes.  This makes it perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms.

Guild Anderson is defined by its attention to detail.  We take time to consider not only how the doors look, but how our cupboards will work; hinges, handles, drawer runners and dividers. Polished or painted; honed, or waxed.  Every detail considered to ensure that our cabinets are as efficient on the inside as they are beautiful on the outside.

Once the function, layout and aesthetic of your room is established, then it’s the quality of the craft and the detailing that make the difference.  Surprisingly many high-end kitchen designers have a range of stock carcasses which they then adapt to each commission.  We find this limiting and so every Guild Anderson kitchen is an entirely bespoke design and build.  We invest in our skilled craft team – it takes years to learn the quality of detailing and construction we take pride in – and it is this holistic philosophy of design and craft that is the Guild Anderson signature.

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