Keep It Casual

Three tomes that prove great design often comes in humble packages

Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water

by Nina Freudenberger

Surfboards that moonlight as art. Saturated indigo textiles mirroring the ocean. The feeling of sand and hardwood between your toes as you strip off a wetsuit and throw it over a well-worn leather chair. That’s a taste of the “Surf Shack” and the new shelter tome from publisher Clarkson Potter.
Peek inside the homes of longtime enthusiasts and dedicated newcomers that reflect not just a sport or passion but also a way of life. Blake and Heather Mycoskie of TOMS, hotelier Sean MacPherson, Gypset author Julia Chaplin and others have set up their spaces to embrace a casual ease and be the break between the waves. With vibrant photographs of design details and bright beaches—from Malibu to the Rockaways, from Japan to Australia—this book captures the soulful milieu of a lifestyle we all aspire to.



Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs

by Sven Ehmann and S. Borges

From weekend homes to getaway cabins in the mountains, by the sea or in the woods, this architecture embodies our longing for lounging in nature. For the first time in the history of humankind, more people live in cities than in the country. Yet at the same time more and more city dwellers are yearning for rural farms, mountain cabins or seaside homes. These kinds of refuges offer modern men and women a promise of what urban centers usually cannot provide: quiet, relaxation, being out of reach, getting back to basics, feeling human again. Rock the Shack is a survey of such contemporary refuges from around the world—from basic to luxury. The book features a compelling range of sparingly to intricately furnished cabins, cottages, second homes, tree houses, transformations, shelters and cocoons. The look of the included structures from the outside is just as important as the view from inside.



Airstream: America’s World Traveler

by Patrick Foster

Airstream is America’s best and oldest manufacturer of travel trailers, and those retro silver coaches are iconic on America’s highways. Representative of the age-old desire to explore, these trailers are unmistakable in design with distinctive aerodynamic rounded lines and an aluminum outer skin.
Airstream chronicles the fascinating history of Airstream trailers through a detailed history, stories and beautiful photography. Although its roots stretch back to 1926, the first Airstream-brand trailers were introduced in 1936, just as America was emerging from the dark days of the Great Depression. and made for easier towing. The Airstream provided travelers with a way to see the world at their leisure and in solid comfort. It was the perfect vehicle for a country emerging from a long struggle.