Thoughts on… Cabin Porn book

Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, by the creators of the wildly popular Tumblr Cabin Porn. Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York-Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. As the collection grew, the site attracted a following, which is now a huge and obsessive audience. The site features photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in the backcountry of America and all over the world. It has had over 10 million unique visitors, with 350,000 followers on Tumblr. Now Zach Klein, the creator of the site (and a co-founder of Vimeo) goes further into the most alluring images from the site and new getaways, including more interior photography and how-to advice for setting up a quiet place somewhere. With their idyllic settings, unique architecture and cozy interiors, the Cabin Porn photographs, are an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and feel the beauty and serenity that nature and simple construction can create

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S. loves cabins and dreams of having a small wooden house of his own one day. I always liked cabins, but now, after looking more into the matter, I am fascinated by some of the designs I discovered and by what kind of ideas stand behind some constructions. I bought the Cabin Porn book as a birthday gift for S., but after leafing through it my attention was caught by the beautiful photography, so I decided to read it front to cover. I thourougly enjoyed the structure of the book, and how every chapter would explore a story, very different from the other, yet all of them come together because of the same primitive needΒ of building shelter (even if for different purposes). My passion for personal histories is what led be to fall in love with documentary film and biographies, and encountering such interesting family stories is what sold the book to me!

In my ignorance, I was not aware of the types of communities that have been built around building sites such as those presented in the book, and I was fascinated by how people were so brave to invest all their time in their building projects. I find their passion and determination impressive. Through these stories, the book touched on different types of cabin structures, an aspect that I found to be informative, especially for the uninformed reader. It also tranforms the book from being just a collection of beautiful photography to a well-structured, informative look into the core life of cabins.

For me, the most enjoyable reads were the ones under the Treehouses and Purpose-built sections, but there are ten chapters, ten different personal histories from which to pick your favorite. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks that cabins and buildings in general are boring. Let this book convince you otherwise! For those of you who are looking for eye-candy photography or are really into architecture, you must have this book ASAP!

 

Have you read Cabin Porn, or what other similar books would you recommend? Lately I have been really into big, beautiful photography – interesting stories kind of books!

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts on… Cabin Porn book

  1. Megan

    Definitely not something I would normally gravitate towards but it sounds interesting!! I’d probably be hooked on the photography too.

    Megan
    Denton & Lou

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    1. Jo

      It’s easy to read in the sense that the rather short essays can be read in a random order and ar random times and it still leaves you with a smile on your face πŸ™‚ And the photography just binds everything together

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