Tag Archives: Architecture

Gil Schafer, fellow Board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, incredible architect and friend, has just released his first book, THE GREAT AMERICAN HOUSE. We have seen and admired Gil’s projects published in the shelter magazines for years and eagerly awaited a view into his full portfolio of ¬†American historic and classical houses. Gil’s great success comes from two important personal characteristics; he is an exceptional listener and he is wonderful collaborator. While a client may express the desire to live in a traditional setting, Gil is able to suggest alternative layouts to accommodate a more modern lifestyle. He will certainly give the house its appropriate traditional architectural details and materials but readjust the more formal and restricted layout to one that is more open and family friendly.

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We were so honored when Dennis Wedlick of Dennis Wedlick Architects of Hudson, NY and New York City asked us to participate in a project that he was passionate about. He was going to partner with Bill Stratton Building Company of Chatham, NY and Sciame Developers to build a PASSIVE house. This house would reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, have a near zero carbon footprint, heat and cool itself passively and use a fraction of energy without sacrificing an ounce of comfort, style or good design.

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My friend, George Champion, is a mid-century furniture and accessories dealer extraordinaire and a perfectionist. We have purchased many vintage credenzas, chairs and tables from him during the past few years. He is also the source of very special gifts for my sons. His shop, in Woodbury, CT, is a perfectly proportioned small white building that is the right scale for his artful displays of icons of modern design and his slightly quirky assortment of Italian objects often purchased when he travels to Milan for the Salone de Moblii.

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On Monday, October 3rd The Wall Street Journal featured an article on a project close to my heart that I want to share:

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