Modern in the Movies

A Single Man‘s the Schaffer House by Matt Allenschaeffer-residence-lautner-park-mcdonald-remodelista-01

For his directorial debut, fashion designer Tom Ford used largely his own money in elegantly and convincingly bringing to life Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel, A Single Man. That the production was a labor of love to Ford is apparent throughout the film, from the strong performances Ford elicits from his actors (particularly Colin Firth, who was nominated for several awards for his lead turn), to the dream-like cinematography by Eduard Grau and era-evoking costume and set design by the same team that worked on the critically acclaimed TV series Mad Men.

Perhaps Ford’s savviest choice, however, was selecting famed architect John Lautner’s Schaffer House as Firth’s character’s home. The Schaffer House was Lautner’s first solo project post-Frank Lloyd Wright tutelage but many consider A-Single-Man-Kitchenthe artful construction his masterpiece. Ford utilizes the house early and often to great effect. The first several minutes of the film are spent following Firth’s character as he does his morning routine, and Ford uses the opportunity to tumblr_loaqo8RWrK1qc2reyshowcase the impeccable mid-century design of the house, from the enormous glass windows to the redwood walls and ceilings throughout.

See here for more pictures of and information about John Lautner and the Schaffer House and the nuances of selling the unique, architectural real estate that our team loves.  Also, check out A Single Man while it’s still streaming on Netflix.

Matt Allen, not a single man, is a Buyer’s Specialist at Modern Asheville Real Estate, as well as, an avid film buff and tennis and piano player. 


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