Design from A to Z

Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge

by Garrett Fleming

Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains

The design style we are focusing on today offers something we all long for from time to time: a change in scenery. If you’re like me and live in the city, you know how easy it can be to get caught up in the stream of cement and steel that flashes past the subway window each morning. People and things move so fast, they feel fleeting, like a hologram or smoke. Here and then gone, here and then gone, on a never-ending carousel. Sometimes, I just want to be surrounded by things that feel real, things that feel rooted. Whether by a stream or in a wood, lodges offer just that. Their typically-remote locations trigger us to unwind and commune not only with ourselves but with nature. In short, they help replant our feet firmly on the ground.

As you’ll see, oftentimes their design holds a sense of the utilitarian since most amenities aren’t readily available. How their owners have interpreted that in their decor, however, could not be more varied: ladders that double as storage, fireplaces that aren’t just for looks and stoves that look like something out of Hocus Pocus. What they all have in common though is they let you get away, hold an inherent coziness and afford you a harmony with nature that can’t be beat. Click through to take a look, and try not to daydream too hard about being swept off. Enjoy! —

P.S. Check out the first half of our Design from A to Z series here.

Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains
Lodge-style staples -- reclaimed wood, salvaged metal and antiques -- gave Mackenzie Edgerton and Blaine Vossler's airstream trailer a whole new, rustic look. The makeshift home is where the pair rests while taking their leather goods and jewelry around the country from craft fair to craft fair.
Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains
Lodges sometimes dictate that function overrule form. Carolyn and Justin's fireplace is one such example. They wanted to install a gas stove in their Pennsylvania log cabin, but there was so much firewood in the surrounding wood, it simply made more sense to go the traditional route and install a wood-burning one instead.
Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains
Manka’s consists of three properties tucked into the hills of Inverness, CA. The centerpiece of the hotel is a 1917 hunting and fishing lodge. Meghan McEwen of tells us, "The decor is an homage to the structure’s original function: vintage fishing nets, worn wooden oars and a collection of black-and-white photos that link the place to its past."
Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains
Lodges aren't all about aesthetics. They're about a feeling. Oftentimes those staying or living in them do so because they want to unwind and reconnect with themselves or nature. When this is the case they simply become retreats for relaxation and rejuvenation. Take Montauk's The Surf Lodge for example. A muted color palette and open-air design mean it's just as good at helping you recharge as any woodsy outpost.
Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains
Plaid -- my favorite pattern -- instantly injects the coziness of the country into any space, especially when paired with dark walls and a roaring fireplace as seen here in Nadia and Mark's moody English home.
Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains
In 2004 -- when Freemans opened -- taxidermy, peeling paint, antlers and other lodge-style looks had yet to make their mark in restaurant design. Since then, countless chow halls have copied the style. What I love most about the trendsetting spot's look is how macrame -- one of today's hottest decorations -- keeps this set of horns looking current instead of too country.
Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains
A desire to be more in tune with nature inspired Dawn and Ian to move into an early-1900s cabin in Mill Valley, CA's redwoods. Architectural elements that blur the line between indoor and outdoor living -- like these giant windows -- are what they love most about their new space.
Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains
Lodges are rarely located near every amenity we city folk have come to relish. It can be tiresome, but this can also lead to some pretty ingenious, utilitarian style moves like we see here in Camilla and Andreas' Copenhagen apartment. Their creative ladder shelf keeps all their pots at the ready now that their cabinets are totally full of other supplies.
Design from A to Z: L is for Lodge, Design*Droits-Humains
Roger and Chris' home is situated just between Manhattan and the mountains, therefore it features some pretty spectacular views. They often sip coffee here in the mornings, soaking in the beauty of the vista in these Eames rockers. The chairs pay homage to the lodge's mid-century roots.

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