CabanasNoRi by architect Manuel Aires Mateus is a two-cabin property in the village of Comporta, Portugal. The small cabins reuse wood from old fisherman’s huts and maintain the rustic quality of their origins. Left raw and topped off with pitched roofing, the buildings are quite traditional. Interestingly, the private and public spaces are divided between the two structures, so that the den and kitchen are in one cabin and the bedroom and bathroom are in the other. Furnished with little more than a bed and canopy, the bedroom suite epitomizes the simple elegance of the design. The natural environment is far more complex than the cabins themselves. Outside, there is sand, grass, and the Sado river, accessible by a small stilted jetty.

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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