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  • Issue 43

BEHIND THE SHED

The allure of a garden retreat. Words by Ed Cumming. Photograph by Charlotte Lapalus.

It is easy to make fun of sheds. Traditionally they have been places where men—mainly men—can indulge their more esoteric hobbies. Follies for follies. For some they are artistic or creative spaces, for writing or music or ceramics. But most are for whiling away an afternoon, for pottering rather than pottery. The architectural identity of a garden shed—liminal and impermanent, separate from the main residence—echoes its use. To go to your shed is to liberate yourself from the general bustle,

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Three

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