The promise of cabin living is that with a little land and some ingenuity we can have simpler times and more nature.

Exterior of the backyard studio Riley McFerrin of Hinterland Design built for his client, a children's book illustrator.
A recycled barndoor track and wheels affords privacy behind a siding covered panel.
The roughly 160-square-foot modules, dubbed Mini House 2.0, were built in collaboration with Swedish manufacturer Sommarnöjen, and are delivered flat-packed. The homes are painted wood, and include a shaded deck space, plus full insulation and electricity, for a price of about $29,000. The modules come in various layouts, and can be configured and combined to include a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living space.
A polychrome facade made of salvaged, 100-year-old barnwood gives this small, lofted cottage space its unique character. Its copper roof is also reclaimed, a lucky Craigslist find from a local remodel. Though the structure has a footprint of just 11' x 14', it provides a useful space to entertain, catch up on work, or relax.
Anka Lamprecht and Lukas Wezel shared their rustic domicile in a valley in Grotli, Norway. Boasting an enviable view, it’s the first cabin archived in the book’s “Backcountry” category that features homesteads in the wilderness.
Architect William Carpenter, glimpsed in his second-floor design studio, built Lightroom 2.0 to sit unobtrusively among its 1920s neighbors in Decatur.
At just 350 square feet, this remote cabin with a view for the Sol Duc River sits on stilts to protect it from flooding and the dampness of the northwestern rainforest. Its shutters can be operated manually by custom steel rods.
Wheelhaus founder and CEO Jamie Mackay creates prefabs with the same quality and durability of the log cabins he grew up with, while also incorporating his values of green production and modern design. Although it takes about four months to construct his prefabricated properties, it takes about a week for the home to be delivered, and then three to five days for the house to be set up on site.
Phillips designed Judith a stark white, glass-fronted art studio.
Renzo Piano's Diogene cabin on the Vitra campus in Switzerland, as published in Cabins (Taschen, 2014).
The designs might be minimal but the color palette is friendly.
"This chair-ottoman by Hinterland Designs was inspired by crab traps used in British Columbia." (See this tiny studio cabin built by Hinterland here!)
The client initially asked for a garage rebuild, but during construction decided that he wanted to use the new space as a studio instead. The 240-square-foot office was designed so that it could be easily converted back to a garage for a future owner.
A playful array of models and materials in the studio.
Protect your mini computers from the dreadful fall with the iCorkCase by pomm.design.studio. Made of two smooth, gently leveled cork parts, the iCorkCase was designed specifically for the iPad 2 and new iPad (3rd and 4th generation). Says pomm, “From the beginning we wanted to make something entirely new to revolutionize the standard products currently on the market."
Paolo Lucidi (1974) and Luca Pevere (1977) graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in Industrial Design and worked independently before establishing LucidiPevere Design Studio in 2006. They are currently designing across a range of materials and scales for companies like Gebrüder Tonet Vienna, Very Wood, Living Divani, Ligne Roset, Casamania, DeCastelli, Foscarini, Glass Idromassaggio, Normann Copenhagen, Comforty, and Kristalia.
Paloma Strelitz and James Binning, Assemble Studio

Representing the young London collective Assemble, Paloma Strelitz and James Binning shared why it's important to be imaginative about what neglected urban spaces can be redeemed, showcasing work in former gas stations and underpasses. The pair's advice for designers just starting out: "Self-initiate projects, [or risk] coming to the table too late to ask the big questions."
Haand, Booth MH 29

Artisanal design studio Haand trekked to Dwell on Design all the way from Durham, North Carolina, and brought a selection of handmade asymmetrical dinnerware (from $33–$350).
The Mango lounge chair for Danish brand WON.
Project Projects is helmed by Rob Giampietro (on left), Adam Michaels (on right), and Prem Krishnamurthy (not pictured).