Schaffer Residence: the house of “A Single Man” by Tom Ford


Today I’ve decided to take you with me on a journey by horseback between design and the cinema: we are in 1952, in California. Or rather, we are on the set of “A Single Man“, a splendid film of 2009 directed by Tom Ford.


Whether you liked it or not, today I want to show you the beauty of the main character’s house, played by Colin Firth who was nominated by the Academy Award for Best Actor for this sublime interpretation of the role.

We are at the gates of Glendale, California, and here is the fabulous house, built in 1949 by architect John Lautner: the Schaffer Residence

I love the perfect harmony between nature and architecture, and it’s amazing how the light that enters each room manages to lighten the dark structure of wood.


Wood is in fact, one of the most used materials, with cement and glass.

The result is a small architectural treasure from modernist design, surrounded by a forest of oak trees.


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photo source: Pinterest

It communicates openness and relaxation, in a wonderful location for running away from the bustle of the city. Do you like it? You would live there, or do you like houses in the city better?

Ah, it seems to be for sale right now … if you were thinking about giving us a little gift! 😉


John Lautner 

 Schaffer House 

 A Single Man 

 Tom Ford

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