News July 2022

Rosenthal House: designed in 1972 for Robert and Gladys Rosenthal in Seaview, New York, the house’s diamond-shaped living room features a bright orange fireplace. Photo: Tom Sibley

Horace Gifford’s modernist legacy on Fire Island

July 8, 2022

This article from Wallpaper explores designer Horace Gifford’s work in Fire Island Pines on Long Island. Between 1961 and 1981, he designed 60 beach houses influenced by architects such as Louis Kahn and Paul Rudolph that provided an escape from city life. Gifford left a legacy of homes filled with intriguing shapes and geometric angles, expanses of glass, skylights, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, sunken living rooms and conversation pits, and measurements that follow the “golden ratio.” Notable clients of Gifford’s include Calvin Klein, poets W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender, and novelist Christopher Isherwood.

“We explore Horace Gifford’s modernist legacy on Fire Island,” Wallpaper, June 28, 2022.