Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer Residence

Schaffer House, Interiors

Designed by architect John Lautner, this house is situated amongst a magnificent oak grove at the base of Verdugo Mountains in Montrose, California, a small Los Angeles suburb.  It is clear that the house was organized around the trees, which were part of former picnic grounds.  With long horizontal planks of wood siding, the house hugs the ground under the oak canopies with a roof section that tilts up to offer views into the trees from within the house.  The house holds a strong inward focus with its cozy spaces, yet also shares a strong connection to its surrounding landscape.

Furniture selected for this project are rare original pieces by Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand, and George Nakashima, most from the same era as the house.  Each piece of furniture, like the building, has its own architecture through its craft and materiality.  Textiles and paint colors were selected to blend into the environment.  Like the human scale of the house, the furniture has a strong relationship to the body in form, scale and comfort.