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Cabins of the World

This week's Good Things presents the best in the architecture of escapism, with this selection of idyllic cabins

Cabins of the World
Cabins of the World

Here in London, it’s not uncommon, of a morn, to be crammed on a tube or bus dreaming of a hideaway in the middle of nowhere; a perfectly formed box surrounded by trees and blue sky. Luckily we have the internet to aid our fantasies and future plans. This week Good Things suggests you mentally escape your desk with some cabin love.

Cabin Porn is the best source of old, new, tatty, smart cabins around the world. If you’re feeling a bit harassed it's the perfect breather before getting on with your work.

Tiny cabin in Woodstock, New York, contributed by Sarah Bisc
Tiny cabin in Woodstock, New York, contributed by Sarah Bisc Found via Cabin Porn™
Jackrabbit Homestead of Wonder Valley, California
Jackrabbit Homestead of Wonder Valley, California Photography by Bill Dickinson, Found via Cabin Porn™
Mountaineer’s hut in Valais, Switzerland, contributed by Jea
Mountaineer’s hut in Valais, Switzerland, contributed by Jea Found via Cabin Porn™
Abandoned hut in Westfjords, Iceland, contributed by Roadsid
Abandoned hut in Westfjords, Iceland, contributed by Roadsid Found via Cabin Porn™
Abandoned survival shelter in the Eastern Fiords of Iceland
Abandoned survival shelter in the Eastern Fiords of Iceland Found via Cabin Porn™
Treehouse in the hills north of Santa Cruz, CA
Treehouse in the hills north of Santa Cruz, CA Photography by John Watson, Found via Cabin Porn™

Drew Tyndell is a man who likes cabins so much that he recreates them as artwork for walls in galleries. Using clean wooden lines and the nicest palettes, he assembles his work and leaves us wishing they came in XXL – with a door.

House 13, 2013
House 13, 2013 Artwork by Drew Tyndell
Cabin Study 11, 2012
Cabin Study 11, 2012 Artwork by Drew Tyndell
House 7, 2013
House 7, 2013 Artwork by Drew Tyndell
House on the Rock, 2013
House on the Rock, 2013 Artwork by Drew Tyndell
Water in the Basement, 2012
Water in the Basement, 2012 Artwork by Drew Tyndell

If your fantasies are on the fast road to reality then let us direct you to a book of vintage plans and blueprints. Why pay for an architect? Just use Second Homes for Leisure Living or McCall's Book of Modern Houses.

Design No. 12: The Convertible Second House
Design No. 12: The Convertible Second House From Second Homes for Leisure Living
Cabin design from McCall's Book of Modern Houses
Cabin design from McCall's Book of Modern Houses
Design No. 4: Double Deck A-Frame Beach Cabin
Design No. 4: Double Deck A-Frame Beach Cabin From Second Homes for Leisure Living
Design No. 7: Three Stage Beach Cabin
Design No. 7: Three Stage Beach Cabin From Second Homes for Leisure Living
Cabin design from McCall's Book of Modern Houses
Cabin design from McCall's Book of Modern Houses
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