Cabin Porn | Book Review

Cabin Porn CoverYes, it sounds like an adult movie genre from the 1970s – and I think that was the kind of eye-brow raising attention the title giver was looking for – But it’s a beautiful book about living free: Free from laid out norms, free to experiment and free to dream.


If you’ve ever been to a cabin or passed by a cabin in your life you know there’s some sort of uniqueness to each and every one of them. They all got their own story, the owner’s approach to everything from building material to design gave that specific cabin its own flair.

The inventiveness of the owner, builder, inheritor or these cabins scattered across mountains and forests all over the world are endless. If there is one word that fits ‘Cabin Porn’ very well, it is Inventiveness.

The book takes its reader on an adventure and dives into people’s lives to give the audience some insight into why the pile of wood, rock, and whatever else in the way of material got piled up and built a home. Or a business. Or a resting place. Or shelter. The beautiful stories of people’s lives, presented in photography and text form.

Cabin Shower

The seeds to the book started on a Tumblr blog and now the project has expanded beyond that blog. There is even a calendar. The main course (and pull) of the book are the stunning collection of photography that covers every page of the 300+ pages book.

The visual is perhaps the strongest element of the book, where each photo gives me as a reader a feeling joy and lines up a row of questions.  The best photographs even answer some of the questions by themselves. But my favorite part of the book is the stories that flesh out the pictures beyond what you can visually see.

The Swedish backpacker girl that met the love and built a hostel, the mates that redesigned a maple syrup shack and the hipster with a bike-elevator as a substitute to climbing up a tall ladder to reach his treehouse. These are just some of the actors we get to know through their beautiful cabins and solutions.

Bike Elevator

When I reached the final page, I wished there were more pages, more stories, more pictures. I wish I could move in everywhere. I guess I’ll have to settle with another cup of coffee and reread the book.


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