Gil Schafer, "Home At Last" in conversation with David Netto

Designing for Life: Gil Schafer's Home at Last


Join us for an evening with bestselling author and architect Gil Schafer as he presents Home at Last, the final book in his trilogy on the American house. Discover the secrets behind Schafer's timeless designs through personal stories and stunning photography.


The work of Gil Schafer—one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary traditional architecture—is beloved for its elegance, charm, and strong sense of history and place. Since his last book, Schafer has become a husband and stepfather, a change that has deepened his understanding of how a house must reflect and support the lives of those who live within its walls. Home at Last is a distillation of what he has learned and how he translates it to his work on houses that are adaptive to the evolution of life, depending upon a family’s needs.

The book includes homes he has designed in the mist-covered Hudson Valley, on a bluff above Lake Champlain, on the windswept shores of Block Island, and on the coast of Maine. Schafer shares the stories of these houses and their owners, exploring the choices made for architecture and interiors, and reemphasizing his guiding principles: how to create classical buildings that “live modern”; how to adapt buildings to different regions and ways of life; the connection to landscape; why fancy can coexist with simple, and traditional with modern.

With original photography by Eric Piasecki, layered with practical takeaways, Home at Last is a tribute to the power of the American house.

Award-winning architect Gil Schafer, a leading practitioner of contemporary classical architecture and a sought-after residential architect, is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and the recipient of numerous accolades, including Veranda’s “Art of Design Award” and the Arthur Ross Award for Architecture. He authored bestselling books The Great American House, A Place to Call Home, and Home At Last. Schafer’s widely published work is the foundation of his firm, G. P. Schafer Architect, now Schafer Buccellato Architects. He serves on the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council and the board of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and led The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for over a decade. He splits his time between New York City, the Hudson Valley, and Maine with his family.

Gil Schafer

David Netto is a Los Angeles-based interior designer and writer. He has written on architecture and design for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Cabana, and other publications, and he currently writes the “Case Studies” column for Town & Country. He is the author of monographs of François Catroux and Stephen Sills, and his interiors have appeared in Vogue, ELLE Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Town & Country, and Veranda. A book representing 20 years of his own designs published last fall with Vendome.

David Netto
Event date: 
Saturday, July 13, 2024 - 5:00pm EDT
Event address: 
41 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
Home at Last: Enduring Design for the New American House By Gil Schafer III, Eric Piasecki (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Gil Schafer III, Eric Piasecki (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9780847899784
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Published: Rizzoli - February 27th, 2024

David Netto By David Netto, Mita Bland (Illustrator) Cover Image
By David Netto, Mita Bland (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780865653924
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Published: Vendome Press - September 5th, 2023