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Reporting from Paris: Beltima's Mistral cabins,
the micro-backyard retreat

January 26, 2010 |  9:04 am

The Belgian company Beltima is stopping passersby in their tracks at the Maison & Objet design show in Paris this week.

Beltima's row of small, colorful, freestanding structures includes greenhouses, dog houses, caravans and outdoor sheds. 

Its narrow single-use Mistral cabins are a charming foil for an outdoor shower or toilet, a covered room for your garbage can, as a dressing room or as a compact garden shed.

And for urban dwellers without a yard, the Mistral cabin could function as a small country oasis in an open-plan loft or living space.

We've got a couple of additional photos after the jump, including one of the cabin configured as a water closet.

Stay tuned for more reports from the Paris show.

-- Kristin Hohenadel


Above: Beltima's mini-shed designs stirred curiosity about the possibilities for what might be inside.

Above: Outhouse chic? It seems strange, but perhaps one might want facilities by a pool or deck, to alleviate the need for a walk back into the house?

Photo credits, from top: Kristin Hohenadel, Beltima and Beltima.