OK – if you’ve been paying any attention at all you’ll know I am a huge fan of the Airstream. My friend Sal and I got to see the latest one first hand at a recent LA design show where Airstream had partnered with Victorinox to create a particularly finely crafted caravan. But check out the Mehrzeller. My cousins are planning to drive across Australia with their kids. At first I was jealous. It sounded like such a great adventure and then I thought about being stuck in a caravan for months. Not really my cup of tea – but if we had one of these caravans I may just change my mind. Christian Freissling and Theresa Kalteis, two designers from Graz University of Technology in Austria, are the brilliant minds behind it. Via Squob.
The Airstream is one of my favourite local designs. It was 1931 when Wallace Merle Byam built a silvery camping trailer in his back yard in Los Angeles. I’ve always wanted to rent one of these mobile homes and travel up and down a coast (east or west). I found one for rent in Santa Barbara…or DWR has tricked one out. But you’d have to buy that one….for $49,066.. If you are going to spend that kind of money there’s also the special edition Victorinox. Airstream has partnerd with the Swiss Army knife guys to create a new sleek 2009 model. Now I just have to convince the family it’s a good idea. (The image above is from the Vintage Airstream Club).