Rustic Simplicity Defines the “Topanga Cabin”

Topanga Canyon occupies a special place in the heart of California’s surfing culture, so the surf boards outside this little day-use place fit perfectly with its location. Designer Mason St. Peter visited the location one weekend and fell in love with the canyon. At the time there were only a few studio cabins built on the land, only available as rentals. He inquired with the property owner about the possibility of building their own cabin, and the two struck an agreement. As an experienced designer and California College of Arts and Crafts architecture graduate, St. Peter worked with his wife to build this special retreat using mostly local materials.

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Photos: Mariko Reed


There’s not a whole lot to it, but that’s the point. The interior space evokes a certain unfinished minimalist look, and that’s exactly the look and feel they wanted. It certainly looks like a pleasant place to take a break from the beach!

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