A Place to Call Home by Gil Schafer

My last post included a beautiful New York home designed by architect and designer Gil Schafer. Gil Schafer is not only a talented architect and designer but he is also the author of several books including “A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style, and Memory in the New American House” that was released at the end of September. The images I am sharing today are from the new book via Gil Shafer’s website and Amazon. gil schafer book_a place to call home_Reviving Charm_cover

I design houses to be comfortable, gracious, and understated, and to stand the test of time.” –Gil Schafer

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My home is filling up quickly with books but after seeing these images I am tempted to make room for one more! You can buy your own copy of the book here. Alternatively, pick up a book at one of the remaining book tour events. You check out this page to see if Gil Schafer is coming to a town near you. If you attend, be sure to tell him that Reviving Charm says “hello”.

 

MICHELE BONAN : THE GENTLEMAN OF STYLE

“Harmony, coherence and irony are the keys”  — Michele Bönan

Michele Bönan at the Marquis Hotel in Paris.

I first became aware of the acclaimed Italian architect and designer Michele Bönan many years ago when I first laid eyes on JK Place Hotel in Florence and JK Capri in Italy. The exquisite design of these hotels continue to remain so popular that years later they still garner attention as the subject of various websites and blog posts. While Bönan is perhaps most notable for his hotel designs, he has also designed yacht interiors, private estates and various commercial projects.

The architect and interior designer is the subject of a new book entitled “Michele Bönan: The Gentleman of Style” published through Assouline and is due out later this month. This is definitely one book I will be adding to my Christmas wish list!

“My concept of architecture dates back more than a century ago, when the various arts, sculpture, painting and architecture, were fused together creating a “harmonious whole” , thus the decoration of the building was an integral part of the project “ –Michele Bönan

The Italian translation in the photo below reads: “Make order and coordinate the various details, in order to obtain the ideal harmony.” The lamp is a Bönan design available through Estro, a lighting manufacturer based in Florence, Italy.