Collection by Caroline Wallis

A Weathering Steel Retreat in the Foothills of the Cascades


Nestled in rolling meadows, this cabin folds into the surrounding landscape.

Throughout the design process for a 1,500-square-foot cabin outside of Winthrop, Washington, Johnston Architects pulled from a variety of sources of inspiration: the homeowners’ favorite childhood memories, the natural geometry of the neighboring mountains, and the design language of origami. New Caelifera, named after and similar to the grasshopper species native to the site, maintains a low profile in its meadow surroundings. The architects explain, “The experience of New Caelifera is evocative of inhabiting a found object that is still partially buried in a Methow Valley meadow. It is an authentic space where everything is familiar yet original, down-to-earth yet glamorous, and industrial with a warm heart.”

The steel, glass, and cedar facade is designed to develop a brilliant patina over time.
"Weathering steel, concrete, tin, rough cedar, plywood, raw steel plate, and reclaimed fir all have that essential...
The entrance features a custom burnished stainless steel handle from Company K.
Twin panels, also plated with tin, cover the pantry and entrance to the powder room.
Two more patinated panels conceal “the nest”—a nook containing two standard mattresses that double as a couch.
A Maxwell sofa from Restoration Hardware is the best seat in the house to watch the amazing sunsets.
The cabin sleeps nine people in the winter and eleven in the summer.
This Argentine grill by NorCal Ovenworks is as much a unique talking point as it is a useful tool for summer...