I often write: So many books-So little time and as connoisseurs of the best design and art books you know what that means. Other than the onset of Fall-importantly, there are Fall books to be perused, purchased, appreciated-and savored. The Great American House is going to be all that. Architect Gil Schafer has been perfecting his craft and it all comes together in a beautifully designed book of his work.The Classic house in America has a fine history and Schafer walks through his journey with these houses in the book. Along with his home in the Hudson Valley, three of his projects are featured in the book-a new estate, a renovation and a restoration, taking the reader from Nashville to Charleston.
Schafer has laid out a treatise for embracing tradition and it resonates. He has been steeped in architecture and design through family of architects and designers and from living in old houses. Whether his projects are renovations or he is designing a new house- he focuses on three areas-
Architecture, Landscape, and Decoration.
I have always loved an old house. When working on a new house= I'm always looking for ways to make it old. In most cases the clients "get it" and even if their tastes have a bent to the modern-the bones of a house are at their best when grounded in Classicism. Schafer quotes Gio Ponti:
"For life to be great and full, we have to combine the past with the future."
"The marvel of a Home... comes from those layers of sweetness which gradually stores up in us..."
Anyone that has loved a house- or wants to fall in love all over again with their old one should get this book.
Better yet-if your don't believe in Love- get the book, Schafer will convince you it can be found at Home.
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