The iconic, and slightly atomic, form of the shiny silver Airstream is embedded in our cultural and design milieu. Here are 8 Airstream renovations that promise to inspire you to hit the road in style.
Most folks who kit out a vintage Airstream intend to take it on the road, but Burton Baldridge’s design—a hip new green room for one of the most respected music venues in Austin, Texas—is happy to stay put.
"I found the Airstream in the high desert of Anza, California, and thought it was a pure TLC job. Wishful thinking!" says interior designer Caroline Brandes, who also rents renovated Airstreams on her property in Big Sur through Big Sur Getaway. "Even though the interior looked decent, once back home in Big Sur I had discovered water leaks, extensive floor rot under the linoleum tiles, and even frame damage." She hired Area 63 Productions, a professional Airstream renovation company, to help. For the interiors, she sought a clean and airy look. Here's the finished sofa bed. The sofa is upholstered in Designers Guild fabric. The curtains are from Ikea. The chair is from Cost Plus. And the wall cupboard above incorporates some of the trailer's original mahogany wood.
Andreas Stavroupolos parked his 1959 Airstream travel trailer in Berkeley and set about redesigning the interior. The lightness of the design holds the space open and gives it a contemporary feel. Photo by Mark Compton.
With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder. The sides of the picnic-style table inside fold down and connect with benches to create bases for twin beds. In the foreground is a full-size cooktop. Photo by Sadamu Saito.
The makers of the "world's finest travel trailer" partnered with Victorinox Swiss Army to commemorate the 125th anniversary of that most beloved of survival tools, the Swiss Army Knife. As befits the anniversary, only 125 of the 19-foot-long trailers were produced, making the Victorinox Special an instant collector's item.
A new travel venture called Airstream 2 Go pairs the iconic American RV with customized trip itineraries for an unforgettable, mobile vacation rental. The 28-foot Airstream International Series features interiors by Christopher C. Deam; it sleeps up to six people and includes camping chairs, a gas grill, kitchen amenities, and bike rack.
A couple in Israel seizes the rare chance to rehab a 1969 Airstream to experiment with indoor-outdoor, space-efficient living. The egg-like living room doubles as the children’s bedroom after dark, thanks to mattresses stored in a custom banquette in the studio area. The sole decorative elements are Eames shell chairs, an Ikea table, and a balsa-like children’s mobile received as a gift.