To Follow up on our Off The Grid predictions back in 2011.
In 2012, Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz quit their jobs and set off to build a glass cabin in the mountains of West Virginia.
The idea came to life on Nick and Lilah’s first date, when the two jokingly wondered what it would be like to live in a house with an entire facade made of windows. A few months later they quit their jobs and started to collect dozens of windows from garage sales and antique dealers. A year later, in 2013, they had finished their very own glass cabin.
The filmmakers of production company “Half Cut Tea,” Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne made a wonderful film, sharing the tale of Nick and Lilah’s creative journey. From finding the right windows in garage sales and antique shops, the origins of their individual artistic endeavors, and a look inside the home that love and guts built.
The result of all their effort, sits on the sunny mountain hills of West Virginia, a rustic-style cabin in which the front-facing fenestration is the dominant design feature.
The couple both have artistic side ventures to make a living. Liliah is a site-specific clothing designer. Basically, she designs clothes using found fabrics that are specific to their location. On her website, she has collections for Milwaukee, West Virginia and New York City. Nick creates unusual photographic work by using a centuries-old wet plate collodion process to create tin types that look straight out of the Civil War.
The film is naturally laced with vintage undertones, beautifully showing how the couple lives in perfect harmony with the view all around them. The home was built with their own hands; their clothes crafted one stitch at a time, even the camera and all its functioning parts were put together by hand.
I admire people who have the tenacity to dream up and then actually follow through on big projects. Also, I am pretty sure Nick and Liliah’s story will inspire a dozen more to do exactely that!