This Loon Lake Getaway Is a Wabi-Sabi Twist on the Traditional Cabin

Drawing on Japanese, Scandinavian, and Shaker influences, Whitten Architects designs a decidedly non-rustic lakeside retreat in New Hampshire.
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Oftentimes, it’s the architect who encourages the client to embrace new ideas. But, when a New Hampshire couple approached Maine-based Whitten Architects about building a contemporary cabin on a quiet lake, they were the ones who brought the design concept to table. "We gave them a book for designers and philosophers about the wabi-sabi aesthetic, and they ran with it," the wife says. 

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