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Dick Proenneke – Alone in the Wilderness

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“Alone in the Wilderness” is the story of Dick Proenneke living in the Alaska wilderness. Dick filmed his adventures, so he could show his relatives in the lower 48 states what life was like in Alaska, building his cabin, hunting for food and exploring the area.

Bob Swerer has taken the best footage from Dick’s films and he has created 3 videos about Dick, “Alone in the Wilderness”, “Alaska, Silence and Solitude” and “The Frozen North”. You can purchase all of them in DVD or VHS format here.

Watch 2 lovely parts of “Alone in the Wilderness” here. They’ll make you long for simple living!

Or watch excerpts from the full version here.

Big thanks to @Syberg for showing me these.

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Did anyone hear me fall?

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Cohabitable Cabin: Multi-Species Wooden Forest Retreat

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This beautiful cabin stands out in the woods in Austria – with its unique exterior. Maybe this is where the owls of the forest keep their books.

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+GREEN in Tokyo, Japan by Sinato

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+Green organic restaurant near Komazawa Olympic Park was created by the innovative, Tokyo-based firm Sinato. Residing on the street level, this modern restaurant encompasses three levels of winding, curvaceous, light-injected design and is rooted in simple materials of brick, concrete and wood.

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De Burgemeester in Hoofddorp by Studioninedots

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This extraordinary wooden staircase is found in this office lobby in the Dutch town of Hoofddorp. It’s created by Amsterdam architects Studioninedots.

They were challenged with renovating an entire 1970s office building. The architects began by removing an existing staircase and enlarging the space around it to create a void that visually connects a communal area on the ground floor with the levels above.

The staircase acts as the focal point of this large atrium and was made by cladding a steel structure in plywood sheets to create a series of bridges and access points to the various floors.

“The staircase as a tool for communication, lends the building a collective identity,” the architects says. “As a vertical lobby that offers views of all floors, it tells occupants that they are part of a larger world.”

Love it!

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Picnic by Michael Beitz for Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

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This picnic table is called Picnic. It’s designed by artist Michael Beitz - who often created playful, yet still useful, sculptures. You can currently find the wooden sculpture on the roof of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin as part of the 2013 Triennial.

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Casa Carassale by BAK Arquitectos

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Gorgeous modern concrete single family residence designed by BAK Arquitectos in 2012 situated in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Mount Fuji Architects Studio: XXXX in Yaizu, Shizuoka, Japan

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Such an interesting wooden structure – four X’s!
The building is used a an atelier and is called XXXX. It’s located in Yaizy, Shizuoka in Japan – and is created by the architects from Mount Fuji Architects Studio.

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Translucent Home Built Around a Tree in a Kazakh Forest

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Located in a forest on the mountains of Almaty in Kazakhstan, architect Aibek Almasov of A.Masow Design Studio has designed a concept for a modern spiritual retreat. The project, known as “Tree in the house”, presents a cylindrical, four-story glass space featuring an encased tree in the center. A winding white staircase allows visitors who enter the “tree house” to ascend the towering space, spiraling upward around the centric tree.

The intention behind the transparent architectural structure, tucked away in a sea of lofty fir trees, is to merge manmade industrial design with nature and “give up some unnecessary conditions and things.” The project aims to offer an alternative to bustling city life and stifling urban structures by fusing a a protective house and a natural environment without creating a visual separation.

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Staircase by Isay Weinfeld

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Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld created this beautiful staircase in the home called Casa Cobo. He is also the creator of the sculptures in the ceiling on the last photo – the people hanging from their heads.

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Bridge Shelves by Outofstock

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Cool. These Bridge shelves are designed by Barcelona- and Singapore-based Outofstock and produced by the Danish company Bolia.

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Float Table by RPR

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At first glance the Float Table looks like an ordinary coffee table, but it isn’t, the original table designed by RPR (Rock Paper Robot), elastically deforms and stabilizes when force is applied. The levitating wooden cubes are held with a system of tensile steel cables and when pushed reveal the table’s dynamic character.

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Hand-Carved Wood Sculptures of Surreal Figures by Morgan Herrin

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Sculptor Morgan Herrin takes his time to perfect each of his hand-carved wooden sculptures. Each piece in the dedicated craftsman’s collection takes over a year to complete, resulting in intricately detailed works of art. Using otherwise cheap and disposable materials like construction grade 2×4′s, Herrin transforms the recycled lumber into stunning life-size figures infused with elements of surrealism.

Though his collection may not be as vast as other wood sculptors, the artist manages to create works that reflect his concentrated efforts. Also, unlike many other creatives in his field, Herrin takes hundreds of hours working with hand tools to construct each piece.

The meticulous sculptor says, “I immerse myself in the subject matter of my work. Often, several very different forms combine to create one physical object. My process is ultimately a result of the combination of my fascination with figurative sculpture of the past and obsessive research into a subject. I reference the passage of time and its effect on art in terms of both physical change and change in viewer perception.”

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Vallvidrera House by YLAB Arquitectos

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The modern single family house, designed by YLAB Arquitectos, is situated in the Vallvidrera neighborhood, a residential area with views overlooking the city of Barcelona, surrounded by the Collserola natural park, in a very sloped and small plot situated between a valley and a pine forest.

The objectives of the project were to get the maximum possible building area within a tight budget and an optimized orientation of all openings while protecting the privacy of the owners.

To achieve this, a compact three level volume was created. The geometry arises directly from the plot given geometry and slope, reinterpreting the aesthetic of the site’s vernacular architecture with its sloped roof, widening on the upper floors to gain some additional area.

Formally the volume is a single cube in which every face has been divided into four quadrants. The upper faces are extruded upwards to form the roof. The side faces rotate to frame significant scenic moments, mindful of the neighbors’ privacy.

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Fully Functional Hand-Crafted Wooden Vespa by Carlos Alberto

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OMG. Is this ever beautiful crafts!

With more and more people switching to alternative modes of transportation like bikes and scooters, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to stand out from the crowd of nearly identical vehicles. While some turn to new paint jobs or accessories, craftsman Carlos Alberto took a more labor intensive route when designing a Vespa for his daughter, resulting in a beautiful motor scooter named after her (Vespa Daniella) boasting a sleek, wooden finish.

Every part of the fully functional, hardwood scooter was hand-crafted by Alberto from the frame and handles to the solid wood seat. Parts that couldn’t be constructed out of wood such as the engine and gas tank were still carefully tucked away behind eye-catching layers of the richly stained material. Details of the designer’s impressive construction process and everything that went into building this one-of-a-kind ride can be seen on his website.

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