Is there really any other kind? The correct title of today’s post should more appropriately be “Another Fabulous Farmhouse Kitchen by Gil Schafer”. I am a huge admirer of his work, he?has never done anything but fabulous, architecture or design-wise in my opinion. His kitchens in particular are exquisite and well-appointed. Naturally, I am not the only one feeling this way. In fact, the team at G.P. Schafer Architect has recently won The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s 2018 Stanford White award in the Interior Design category. Congratulations to the entire team, it is well deserved!
Gil Schafer’s country home in upstate New York, called Middlefield, is one of the most exquisite ones you will find in America. It is a beautiful new house with an old soul. After three years of searching in vain for just the right property in the region, Gil Schafer decided to built his own from scratch. By studying the architectural vernacular and paying close attention to the subtle details that make older homes livable today, he managed to create a house? and surrounding gardens that have been an inspiration ever since.?
This project has been also the beginning of many successful collaborations. Interior designer Miles Redd helped him pull together the interior decorations and the two have teamed up on several subsequent occasions. The gardens at Middlefield, a breathtaking sequence of terraced outdoor rooms, were the result of a collaboration with landscape architect Deborah Nevins.?
One particular aspect that sets his work apart from that of other architectural firms is his treatment of interior decoration as an integral part of architectural design. It is the reason why he starts collaborating with interior designers in the incipient stages of the design process.
The kitchen and butler’s pantry at Middlefield are an example of his exacting attention to detail and architectural integrity. In older homes, the kitchen quarters were humbler in both proportion and decoration. Respecting that,? Schafer took to lowering the ceiling heights and simplifying the moldings. A simple and classic assortment of built-in cabinets and butcher block countertops reinforces the feeling of an old farmhouse. A raw wooden table and Hitchcock chairs replace the modern island which would not be found in a centuries-old farmhouse – another historical synchronism.
And since it’s the season of giving, Schafer’s two best-selling volumes The Great American House and? A Place to Call Home would make the perfect gift for anyone in your life who loves classical architecture and great design. To learn more about G.P. Schafer Architect, please visit their website. The images from today’s post are from G.P. Schafer Architect’s portfolio with photography by Eric Piasecki.
Until next time!