The Cabin Book Hardcover – Nov 13 2004
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The rustic connotation of the cabin, with basic comfort, is a starting point for Paul. However, it is the relationship of the cabin to its surroundings and its occupants that defines its substance and character. Paul focuses on 29 cabins with unique aesthetic-architectural appeal. She includes a little-known Nevada cabin designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and settings as varied as dunes and mountains. But it is the placement of the cabin--its use and purposes for the occupant--upon which its aesthetic function turns. Paul's photographs and writing bring to life old cabins made new, new cabins made to look old, numerous designs that appear to envelop or reflect a part of the landscape, and others to stand out. What is particularly appealing is how the cabins' occupants have incorporated the outdoors and scenery into interior living space. The sizes, styles, materials, and interiors are quite varied and beautiful. The emphasis on the organic function of the cabin, as well as Paul's stunning photographs, brings to life an inviting quest to get away. Vernon Ford
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If you are looking for a coffee table book for your guests to flip through while you're in the kitchen preparing coffee, okay, then this might be for you. Or if you are looking for design ideas (not actual designs), you might want to look through this. If that is the case, you don't need to buy it, just flip through it at the bookstore or borrow it from the library.
This book is no more - and no less - than a picture book of cabins with an attempt at description as to why this or that design is good and pointing out its unique features.
The author writes about cabins reconnecting people with nature, but most of these buildings would be an interference to that end: getting back to nature is not about smothering yourself in luxury. Some of the descriptions are informative, others are a bit fluffy. She quotes Gary Snyder, but these buildings don't walk his talk, not by a long shot.
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