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adventure journal weekend cabin mason st peter topanga california 02

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We all need serendipity like this. A few years ago, designer Mason St. Peter was visiting a friend’s cabin in Topanga Canyon, California, and fell in love with the place. He asked the property owner about cabin rentals, the two got to talking, and before long he invited St. Peter to build a shelter of his own on the site.

Working with his wife, Serena Mitnik-Miller, who is an artist and photographer, they built a tiny but very, very cool escape tucked into the woods of the Santa Monica Mountains. Its design echoes the ethos of the couple’s two retail outlets, both called General Store (one in San Francisco, the other in Venice), and there are even hints of Mollusk Surf Shop, where they first met.

adventure journal weekend cabin mason st peter topanga california 02

adventure journal weekend cabin mason st peter topanga california 02

adventure journal weekend cabin mason st peter topanga california 02

adventure journal weekend cabin mason st peter topanga california 02

adventure journal weekend cabin mason st peter topanga california 02


Photos by Mason St. Peter. For more, visit masonstpeter.com.

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Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.


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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.

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