Since the 1930s Airstream trailers have served as the transport of choice for the globe’s cross-country travelers, retirees, and nomads. Their iconic rounded shape is the creation of Hawley Bowlus, who would later gain notoriety among aviation enthusiasts as the lead designer of The Spirit of St. Louis, the custom aircraft flown by Charles Lindbergh on the world's first continuous flight from New York to Paris.
Indeed, although some may decry them as little more than baked potatoes or tin cans, the reflective metal trailers have always had a certain vintage airplane essence. High quality design has made Airstream the familiar brand that it is and today that tradition continues with the release of the Airstream Victorinox Special Edition Trailer (one of which will be displayed on the exhibition floor of next month's Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles).
This isn’t the first collaboration embarked upon by Airstream. Not content to rest on past success or their retro-cool image, the company has previously worked closely with San Francisco interdisciplinary designer Christopher Deam to create a series of incredibly modern, very Dwell-friendly trailers. Now, the makers of the "world's finest travel trailer" have partnered with another iconic brand, 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 will be produced, making the Victorinox Special an instant collector's item.
Besides a custom interior designed to match the Swiss Army brand, the lucky few who get their hands on one of these custom trailers will also receive enough complementary swag to make things a little less rough when roughing it: Wwo watches, flashlights, a multi-tool, umbrella, duffel bag, and an eight piece professional grade knife set for when you just have to have that four-course meal while camping out in the middle of a redwood forest.
The collaboration almost seems like it was inevitable. Both products have practical origins and a timeless sensibility that is a nearly ideal fusion of form and function, making both Airstream and Victorinox Swiss Army beloved by design and travel enthusiasts alike.