17 July 2014
The Outsiders is a homage to life in the woods, to bonfires, to swims in icy rivers, to solitary fishermen and sweaters of colored wool. The volume tells the story of the outdoor movement, made up of young people who are rediscovering the value of life in the open air as a source of creativity and endless challenges. The result is a catalogue that presents a series of startups with a passion for articles of quality: there are Tentsile’s tents, genuine nests of the future for sleeping suspended among the trees, the backpacks of Ykra, a young Hungarian company that has already become a cult, and then the Sanborn canoe, made and painted by hand in the United States. As well as an inventory of excellent objects, the book contains a plethora of testimonies to the protagonists of the movement: there is the designer Ej Osborne, among the first to move to the mountains to give woodcarving courses and found a company, Hatchet+Bear. Or the Hoepner twin brothers, who to celebrate their thirtieth birthday made a journey by bicycle from Berlin to Shanghai with funds they raised on Kickstarter. The watchword for all of them: mixing technology and nature in search of a new balance. Published by Gestalten.