If you’re into mobile homes, you’ll know that the Airstream is the design icon of that world. Made of polished aluminium rivetted together, the first Airstream came out in the 1930s as the rather odd product of surplus aviation expertise between the two world wars.
Nic Bailey, principal at MTC Yacht Design, has always admired the Airstream for its sleek looks, on the outside at least. Inside, the story is very different. ‘It’s awful,’ he says bluntly. ‘Most Airstream interiors look like a kitsch version of MFI, as if the Americans have tried to cram the entire contents of their houses into a much smaller space.’
Bailey is constructing an interior which he thinks is more in keeping with the Airstream’s exterior, to exhibit at 100% Design in October. There is no client, but Bailey’s Airstream will be sponsored by Sapporo, the Japanese lager which comes in aluminium-effect cans.
‘I’ve tried to create interiors which make the biggest “multi-use” of the space so people would be aware of the shape and volume,’ says
Bailey. Living, dining and sleeping functions take place in the same space, ‘but you don’t get the feeling you’re in a bedsit’, he adds.
The sitting area has been designed so that it is comfortable as a sitting area. The conversion to bed space has been designed around the sitting area. The space has been utilised to house a big folding table which will accommodate four full-sized dining chairs around it.
After 100% Design, there are plans to get the Airstream into the Design Museum.