10/25 Growing popularity of small rustic cabins speak to our future, via our past

The shelter was built perpendicular to the chimney in order to create a cloistered outdoor space.
The shelter was built perpendicular to the chimney in order to create a cloistered outdoor space.

A luscious new book of photos, called Cabin Porn, is inviting readers to look at photos about holing up in the woods.

Why cabins? Simplicity and immersion in nature explain much of the appeal.

“There’s something really satisfying about being reminded that life outdoors is really affordable,” Klein says. “You don’t need a McMansion to enjoy the woods.”

But while cabins might be simple structures, the images in Cabin Porn are spectacular and compelling, even when the buildings are little more than ramshackle shelters tacked together from scavenged boards.

The rustic settings are beautiful, on mountaintops and by the water’s edge, in deserts and the woods. And the dwellings’ designs are intriguing, from converted vehicles and silos to tree houses, pods, sheds and bungalows — along with more conventional wood-frame homes with pitched roofs.

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