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What’s more inclusive of nature than a cabin? Whether it’s a restored old family place or a brand new structure, a cabin sums up everything that living in nature is all about. Here are a few of my favorite cabins:

Hudson Woods

Contemporary Cabin: Hudson Woods | japanesetrash.com

Contemporary Cabin: Hudson Woods | japanesetrash.com

Contemporary Cabin: Hudson Woods | japanesetrash.com

Contemporary Cabin: Hudson Woods | japanesetrash.com

A contemporary cabin in the woods with all the modern conveniences, including a pool? Count me in. Hudson Woods by Lang Architecture is my kind of roughing it.

Alaskan Modernist

Alaskan Modernist Cabin | japanesetrash.com

Alaskan Modernist Cabin | japanesetrash.com

Alaskan Modernist Cabin | japanesetrash.com

Alaskan Modernist Cabin | japanesetrash.com

Alaskan Modernist Cabin | japanesetrash.com

Alaskan Modernist Cabin | japanesetrash.com

Alaskan Modernist Cabin | japanesetrash.com

The charred spruce exterior — using a Japanese technique called shou sugi ban — of this Alaskan Modernist cabin is nothing short of breathtaking-which completely suits the equally breathtaking natural surroundings.

Camp Indianola

Camp Indianola house tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

Camp Indianola house tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

Camp Indianola house tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

Camp Indianola house tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

Camp Indianola house tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

Camp Indianola house tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

Camp Indianola house tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

This Washington state retreat, which I’ve dubbed Camp Indianola, has all the right touches and a pared-back style that includes exposed log beams, integrated stone walls, and even an antler chandelier. Who needs more than that?

On Monday, when I posted the Coming Up this Week post describing my topic–British Influence–and outlining what would be covered, I included a sentence that turns out to be chock full of errors: “Designer Terrance Conran founded one of the first lifestyle brands when he opened The Conran Shop.” Well, chock full may be hyperbole, but there are two pretty big (and stupid) mistakes there. First of all, it’s Terence Conran, not Terrance; then there’s the fact that The Conran Shop–the current incarnation of the Conran lifestyle brand–only came about after Conran’s first retail endeavor, Habitat, was no longer under his control.

Habitat

Terence Conran founded Habitat in 1964. | japanestrash.com

50 years ago–in May of 1964, to be precise–Conran founded Habitat, the first British retailer to position interior design in the lifestyle category. This was less than two years after the first Crate and Barrel opened in Chicago and almost 15 years before Ikea came to England. The way products were showcased at Habitat set the standard for furniture and housewares retailers for decades to follow, and Habitat’s focus on affordable design had a tremendous impact on how the first post-war generation decorated and lived in their homes.

The Conran Shop

The Conran Shop Chelsea, London location. | japanesetrash.com

Today, the Conran lifestyle brand is brought to life via The Conran Shop’s locations in London, Paris, and Japan. The intervening years and evolution of Terence Conran’s influence on how we live today included merging Habitat with another brand and creating Storehouse; ultimately, The Conran Shop grew out of that and is currently under the leadership of Jasper Conran, one of the elder Conran’s children. Under Jasper Conran’s leadership, the brand has retooled its retail establishments to include The Conran Apartment, an entire floor of the store designed to show off collections of both in-house designs and the best of curated home furnishings from other brands. Here’s a look at The Conran Apartment from their Marylebone store:

The Conran Shop tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

The Conran Shop tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

The Conran Shop tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

The Conran Shop tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

The Conran Shop tour on Japanese Trash. | japanesetrash.com

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