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A new Walden

'I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.' Henry David Thoreau
But what is the link between the famous 19th-century American writer and this ultra-modern German garden shed?

In the 1840s, Thoreau left his home in Concord, Massachusetts for the peace and quiet of a cabin in the nearby woods. He spent two years, two months and two days there, writing, and came back with the now famous Walden: Or, Life in the Woods, a reflection on simple living and critique of modern society.

The original cabin is long gone (a reproduction built in its place), but Thoreau’s work continues to inspire many people, including German designers Nils Holger Moormann. Aspiring towards the simple life and living outdoors, they created their own Walden, an oversized wooden tool box/shed/garden retreat. In fact it can be whatever you want it to be. You can store your shovel, rake and wheelbarrow in its side pockets and sit down for lunch at a table inside. Or perhaps if you find yourself unable to venture back into the house, you can lie down in the upper level and stargaze through the sliding sun roof. And think of Walden…

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