El tema central de este Blog es LA FILOSOFÍA DE LA CABAÑA y/o EL REGRESO A LA NATURALEZA o sobre la construcción de un "paradiso perduto" y encontrar un lugar en él. La experiencia de la quietud silenciosa en la contemplación y la conexión entre el corazón y la tierra. La cabaña como objeto y método de pensamiento. Una cabaña para aprender a vivir de nuevo, y como ejemplo de que otras maneras de vivir son posibles sobre la tierra.

jueves, 21 de noviembre de 2013

Nick Olson y Lilah Horwitz inventando sueños de cabaña

Nick Olson & Lilah Horwitz | THE HALF CUT TEA

Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz, Milwaukee-based artists, dropped everything in 2012 to build their inventive dream cabin, featuring a wall of windows. Photo credit Jordan Wayne Long and Matt Glass | Half Cut Tea.

Nick est un photographe qui se spécialise dans le tintypes (technique photo de l'époque de Dr Quinn femme médecin) avec un appareil qu'il fait lui-même. 

Lilah est conceptrice de fringues. Elle lance plusieurs lignes de vêtements, chacun coïncidant avec la ville / l' endroit où elle habite. Elle vend actuellement son travail à New York et travaille également pour une entreprise d'aménagement paysager à Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Ce projet à commencé lors de leur premier rancard... où ils se sont assis en haut d'une colline pour regarder le coucher de soleil (<3) et papoter d'une maison faite que de fenêtres pour pouvoir admirer le coucher de soleil de plein d'endroits différents dans la maison....Et bien un an après, en 2012, Nick Olson et Lilah Horwitz quittent leur emploi et partent construire une cabane de verre sur la fameuse colline de leur premier rencard (romantisme quand tu nous tiens !!)

Ventana con Encanto Construido Home en West Virginia (2)

One creative Milwaukee couple finds inspiration in a house of glass
By Andrea Budde

Quitting your day job to embark on a vision may seem ludicrous to some, but when an idea beckons to you enough, sometimes you have no choice but to comply.

That’s exactly what Milwaukee-based couple Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz did in 2012, when they decided to fulfill their dream of building a cabin with a wall of windows in West Virginia. Horwitz, a Seattle native, explained that the idea to build a house of glass came up on one of her first dates with Olson, who is originally from Cedarburg.

“We were sitting on the exact spot where the house is now, and we started dreaming about how amazing it would be to watch sunsets from there, but how you would have to have a giant window to really get the full picture. Then that naturally turned into an idea and a sketch on a scrap of paper of a house with a whole wall of windows,” Horwitz explained. “We had really only known each other for a couple months, so at the time it seemed like a fantasy, but it was less than a year later when we started to build.”

In July 2012, the couple, both local artists, left their jobs to do just that.

“We were working as staff for the summer at an artist residency program,” said Horwitz. ”Leaving was a good thing; we wanted to do a project together and it was the right time to dive in. Sometimes when you make a bit of a wild decision you can’t even let yourself be fearful or think too much about the unknown, we just went for it.”

The couple collected their windows over a couple of weeks driving and exploring the U.S. Horwitz said their only requirements were that each window had to be different, and that they had to be cheap or free.

“We collected most of the windows on a trip up to New York,” she said.
Nick Olsen's photography work uses 19th century methods. For example, this photo of a woodpile is actually an example of tintype photography, printed on a sheet of iron.
Nick Olsen’s photography work uses 19th century methods. For example, this photo of a woodpile is actually an example of tintype photography, printed on a sheet of metal.

Less than six months later, in December 2012, Olson and Horwitz finished the cabin, complete with elaborate window wall. She says adding their own creative vision to the building process helped them build a space that is inspiring just to be within. “The space invites you to stay, be comfortable, and investigate the landscape, discovering how you can see the grandeur of the entire mountain landscape, while also inspecting how each window frames a different part of the view in its own way.”

And now that they’ve constructed the four walls of the cabin, Horwitz says, the two of them are beginning to discover exactly what it represents to them as a couple. “It’s Nick and I learning what it is to make a home together,” Horwitz said. “It is much more beautiful than I could have ever imagined and being in it is magical tenfold, because when I look around me I know that we made every part of it.”

Lilah Horwitz makes site-specific fashion collections based on places she’s lived. This outfit is from her Milwaukee collection. Photo by Eric Ljung.
Though the couple visits their cabin as often as they can, the majority of their time is spent here in Milwaukee, where they find a great deal of inspiration as well.
Olson has a variety of artistic interests, sometimes a photographer specializing in 19th century processes, and others a woodworker or sculptor. He recently has been working as a creative design builder for Greener Roofs and Gardens, a sustainable landscaping company.
Horwitz is a designer who also creates custom clothes, handmade art books and pottery. Since moving to Milwaukee, she has made two site-specific fashion collections, and has become a member at Creative Fire, a ceramics studio in Wauwatosa.
Olson and Horwitz are currently doing some West Coast traveling, but plan to design and build another small house/studio on a trailer that will enable them to slowly travel across the country while living and working out of it.
“We envision it as a way to share the experience of the creative spaces we make with a wider audience,” Horwitz said.
But they won’t be neglecting their first cabin, still there for when next they return to West Virginia.
“It’s more than a house,” Horwitz said. “It’s a home.”

Voici leur projet en vidéo avec un montage tout doux qui donne envie de grands espaces:


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