The Craftsman Fireplace Mantel Shelf...
Crafted To Perfection!
The Craftsman fireplace mantel shelf is back . . . . .
and more popular than ever! The use of natural ma-
and quality workmanship is, once again, gain-
ing momentum as many of us tire of today's fast
paced, "throwaway" society.
American Craftsman Style,
tinctive offshoot of England's
Arts and Crafts Movement,
was very popular during the latter part of the 19th cen-
tury and the early years of the 20th century. It is currently enjoying a re-
surgence in popularity as new homes are built --
and older 1960s and 1970s vintage homes are remodeled -- in-
corporating a variety of Craftsman elements and motifs in their design. A renewed appreciation for handcrafted quality using natural materials is on
Not to be left behind, the Craftsman fireplace mantel shelf is reclaiming its rightful place as the focal
point in to-
day's living room. Some, such as the example pictured at right, above, are going even further by creating
tire inglenook similar to one found in the landmark
(pictured below) -- a masterpiece of Ameri-
can Arts and Crafts, or Craftsman, design in Pasadena, California!
A common feature of Craftsman design was to incorporate bookcases on one or both sides of the fireplace and
to extend the mantel shelf as a unifying element to tie it all together, as de-
picted in the period drawing at
right. The two fireplaces pictured below are great examples of that particular de-
However, the design of the fireplace mantel shelf, itself, often differed sig-
nificantly from one Craftsman
Style home to another. The sculpted profiles of the mantel shelves pictured below contrast sharply with the
simple, squared-off edges in the examples above . . . . . . . yet they all very much embody Craftsman design. The
emphasis is on quality workmanship using natural materials and, to a lesser extent, design originality.
The handsome profile of the painted mantel shelf pictured at right is available as a separate component .
. . . .
or as part of an entire mantel-
piece, complete with "legs." It is
also available with or without cor-
brackets, another common
Craftsman design element.
The beautiful profile and finish of the richly stained mantel shelf in the close-up pictured below is also appropriate for
Craftsman Style mantels.
The fireplace photos below reflect the design diversity of Craftsman Style or Craftsman-inspired designs for
fireplace mantel shelves. The three images on the left, though different from one another, all have rounded
profiles which give them a softer, more "formal" look. In stark contrast, the squared-off fireplace mantel shelf
in each of the examples pictured below, right, imparts a more casual -- even "lodge-like" -- look and feel.
Once again, the emphasis is on quality workmanship and the use of natural ma-
For more information about any fireplace mantel shelf pictured here, or if you're looking for something
let us know
and we will be happy to help you find the perfect mantel shelf to grace your fireplace.
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