Photo: Fritz von der Schulenburg (edited).

Gil Schafer

  • Words Alex Anderson

Inside the all-American family home.

Issue 48



  • Words Alex Anderson

Contemporary but classic; sophisticated but simple. Architect Gil Schafer on the 21st-century American aesthetic.

In conversation with Gil Schafer III, it’s immediately evident that he has a deep, intuitive sense of what makes a home work, how it frames and adapts to people’s lives, reflects its place in time, and how it can become integral to its surroundings.

He has been designing houses for 30 years, more than 20 of those as principal of his own firm, which focuses exclusively on residential design. Each home the firm has built conveys a pervasive sense of comfort and an authentic but relaxed relationship with historical precedent. Whether a house in San Francisco or an apartment in Manhattan, each project reflects a uniquely American version of a familiar historical style. 


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