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Designs That Bring the Outdoors Indoors

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Maybe it’s the soon-to-be passing of summer and the chilly fall ahead that has inspired our increasing attention to nature-inspired designs. Whatever the reason, we’ve recently fallen in love with several beautifully designed objects that were created to invite the outdoors, indoors. Here are just a few designs that bring blooms, mountains, and other natural formations to the home.
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Untraditional Offices in the Great Outdoors

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You’re not the type of person who adheres to the “norms” of the world, so why are you still working in a traditional office? Studies show that being outside is good for our health. Since many people spend eight hours a day or more at an office, shouldn’t it be one that’s less stressy? We’ve compiled a few of our favorite outdoor offices that have ditched the standard cubicle walls for a woodsy view.
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Breathtaking Sand Paintings Adorning the Beaches of California

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The beaches of Northern California are transformed into swirling artworks and stunning geometric designs after Andres Amador uses a rake and rope on them. The San Francisco-born artist’s organic “beach murals” take about two hours to create during low tide and can measure 90,000 square feet and beyond. “There is an esoteric fractal quality of being within the pattern that is being made — it feels to have relevance in other aspects of my life, of building a larger pattern from the inside, not fully knowing what is resulting,” writes Amador. While the artist connects with each sand painting during the process, he fully accepts when nature erases his masterpiece: “Ultimately, when it is finished, I let it go. For me the energy and draw is around the act of creation.” See more of Amador’s beautiful sandscapes, which we first spotted on Beautiful/Decay, below.
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Stunning Photos of Siberian Huskies Wandering a Majestic Frozen Lake

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Like most dog owners, Fox Grom enjoys exploring nature with his two Siberian huskies — except he photographs them in the wild, trotting across the icy landscape of his chilly Russian town. The gorgeous pups recently spent their playtime wandering on top of a frozen lake — its mirror-like surface and crystal clear water made for some stunning photos. Since the lake is slightly thawed, Grom’s dogs appear to be walking on water. We can’t think of a more majestic backdrop for two majestic creatures.
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Awe-Inspiring Photos of a Polish Forest from a Bird’s-Eye View

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Award-winning artist Kacper Kowalski, who we discovered on Beautiful/Decay, is a devoted pilot and photographer who takes aerial pictures of his native Poland. The majestic forests of the Central European country are the subject of his series Polish Autumn. The rich palette of the season and gorgeous natural forms of the forest landscape are abstracted by Kowalski’s bird’s-eye lens. Forests cover around 30% of the land, and the country has a fascinating history of woodsmen and their families who have forged their own customs, dialect, and unique dress living in Poland’s most remote locations. Kowalski’s images invite viewers to imagine a world beyond the trees.
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Chilly Photos from the Coldest Village on Earth

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The next time you start complaining about the cold, think of these photos from Amos Chapple who documented the Russian village of Oymyakon. The rural locale has one of the lowest recorded temperatures for any permanently inhabited spot on Earth. According to the Daily Mail, due to Oymyakon’s subarctic temperature, residents are unable to grow food, so they live off reindeer, horsemeat, and fish. Meanwhile, digging a grave for a funeral in Oymyakon can take up to three days, because the ground is permanently frozen. And you can forget about turning your car off. Most locals leave them running, otherwise it can be impossible to start them again. “Oymyakon’s lowest recorded temperature is -67.7°C (-90°F) in 1933 while the average for January is -50°C (-60°F),” reports Beautiful/Decay. Chapple captured the desolate beauty of the Oymyakon landscape during his brave excursion.
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10 Stunning Mountain House Getaways

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Nothing makes us want to cozy up and settle in like a long winter. Facing the cold months ahead, we’re dreaming of a rustic place to call home for the snowy season — somewhere far away, with a fantastic view and nothing but nature. These mountain house getaways offer just that, boasting stunning architecture and interior design. Picture yourself with a warm drink, a good book, and charming company, and browse these fantasy mountain retreats.
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Haunting Photos That Imagine the Effects of Our Freshwater Crisis

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National Geographic reports that although nearly 70% of the world is covered by water, our freshwater supply accounts for only 2.5% of that amount. “In essence, only 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people.” They estimate that by 2025, 1.8 billion people (two-thirds of the world’s population) will live in water-scarce areas due to wasteful use and climate change.

Georgia photographer Ansley West captures the crisis surrounding our freshwater supply in her ongoing series Seven Rivers, first spotted on Co.Design. “The photographs are not aimed at documentation but rather the depiction of unseen changes occurring on all rivers,” West explains on her website. “The constructed images I make on each negative show the possibilities and effects of industry, global warming, agriculture, power and the unquenchable demand for fresh water. We stand at a precipice in the history of water. How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the life span of fresh water.” Take a closer look in our gallery.
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10 Gorgeous Tree Art Installations

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Environmental issues are more urgent than ever. After all, there are politicians and an alarming number of people who truly believe that global warming is a giant hoax. These concerns are reflected in the works of environmental artists, many who use organic materials to draw attention to ecological problems like deforestation. Forests cover approximately one-third of the planet so it seems obvious that the subject of trees would be a major component of these artworks. After spotting a gorgeous natural “cathedral” built along the base of Mount Arera in Northern Italy (found on Honestly), we searched for other tree art installations that celebrate the beauty of nature and raise activist concerns.
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The Wolfen Book Covers of Jack London

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“He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time,” wrote Jack London in his 1903 classic novel The Call of the Wild. The story centers on a dog named Buck who is sold off and shipped to the Klondike to be trained as a sled dog. The harsh conditions and treatment ignite his primitive, wolflike ways — and he becomes the story’s mythical hero. London’s 1906 novel White Fang finds a wolfdog on the journey to domesticity. The author’s experiences as a “hobo,” sailor, and journalist took him to faraway places — many which become the settings for his stories. “It was in the Klondike I found myself,” he wrote while reflecting on his days in the Yukon Territory. London always had a penchant for dogs and animals, and his cold-weather travels found him surrounded by them. The wolves and dogs of London’s stories made their way to the covers of his books, which we’ve collected in memory of the author.
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