In the ARC workshop this week: It’s cold! Here you can see one of our team battling the winter storms whilst working on the windows of a clients Airstream. Luckily we didn’t get the snow that was forecast – but there is still time!
Meanwhile inside the workshop two hatches are being fabricated ready to be fitted to this new catering Airstream project.
We recently decided to sell our vintage 1950s American Vagabond trailer and have advertised it on several channels. It needs a lot of work but it could look absolutely stunning with the right amount of TLC. It is offered for sale in the UK either for you to take away or you can buy it and let us do the renovation work for you.
In case you need a little bit of inspiration to see what it could be like here is a lovely picture of a sunshine yellow 1952 Vagabond trailer that we have found. As for the interior, the sky is the limit, just look at our gallery page for examples of some of the refit and renovation work we have done in a range of Airstream trailers and motorhomes, plus Winnie the Winnebago.
You can find out more about our beautiful vintage Vagabond trailer for sale (pictured below) – which is also a 1952 model – on our for sale page. If you are genuinely interested please call the office – our contact info can also be found on our website.
Last month the two tweed-lined Airstreams that we refitted for Pierre Lagrange, chairman of Huntsman were featured on the Sotheby’s blog, where we learned that our design had inspired him to clad some of his other vehicles in the fabric as he liked our Airstream interiors so much.
The Huntsman brand first started out making leather breeches for Queen Victoria’s son – but in modern times have come to be known for the signature range of high quality tweeds used in their suits. According to Mr Legrange the versatility of the tweed shows how Huntsman is about more than the clothes: “It’s about a lifestyle.” So of course it seemed par for the course that tweed should feature heavily in our interior designs for this pair of non-matching but similarly-themed Huntsman Airstreams.
During the project we worked closely with Mr Legrange on the two Airstreams, to be used as guest accommodation at his home in Hampshire. Aware that he would not get planning permission to extend his home in an area of outstanding natural beauty, he chose the two trailers as an alternative solution. Luckily, an Airstream in the garden needs no planning permission at all. Lagrange contacted ARC and we set to work helping him to create his luxury vision based around the Huntsman theme and fabrics. Each Airstream evokes a different ambience as Lagrange explains: “For one we chose a purple check to suggest the heather moorlands of Scotland. And the other is a more sandy hue to match the earth of the local partridge fields.”
Now set in Lagrange’s orchard, the two Airstreams have charmed his guests: “They’re a little like log cabins on wheels” he said. At first he wondered if some of his guests would want to stay in a trailer, many having never done it before but he found of course, that it soon became the most popular option for visitors!
“All my guests love it. It’s so cosy and enclosed, it’s like a womb.”
According to Sotheby’s the success of the two Airstreams has prompted Mr Legrange to clad more vehicles in the timeless fabric, including his vintage Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake. The vehicle is now dressed in a stony grey check to match its silver exterior. And he is delighted with the results, as he asserts the Huntsman maxim “You never get too warm or too cold in a tweed”.
As well as refitting luxury Airstreams we also regularly complete work for insurance companies who recognise our work as being completed to a very high standard.
This Airstream Motorhome is in the workshop having a new rear curved back panel and side panel after sustaining some damage.
Keen fans of the ARC blog will have seen this Airstream project taking shape over the last few months and at last it is ready!
This Airstream is going to be used as a weekend country retreat for our client. The fabrics are from Anta and the Bohemian Travels range by Mulberry.
The Airstream interior is completely handmade and bespoke and includes a kitchen with Miele appliances and a bathroom with toilet, shower and basin. There is a thermostatically controlled heating system and a heated towel rail, air conditioning and a clear view woodburning stove which you can see here being thoroughly quality tested by our dog, Blake. He approves.
The bedroom lamps are by Ralph Lauren and the two stained glass skylights ( a first for us!) Are by ARK glass.
In the ARC workshop today – our new Airstream retail project is starting to take shape:
In the ARC workshop today. This Airstream is being fitted with new midnight blue and black interior aluminium – held in place with black rivets – ready for an exciting new retail project. Keep watching the blog to see how this one develops!
Well it’s turned really chilly here in the ARC workshop this week and we think this client will be really glad to have this beautiful woodburner which we have just fitted in this oak-panelled Airstream! It certainly seems to be in good working order and is keeping us warm as we make the finishing touches to this project.
In the ARC workshop today – this 28ft Airstream Motorhome has just arrived ready for repairs and an interior refit – watch this space to see how this project develops!
This unique Airstream project is nearly finished. It has a wood-panelled barrel top ceiling with black strapping and the wood panelled walls have been painted with traditional and quintessentially British paint by Farrow and Ball. We will have a photo shoot featuring this Airstream to show you how it all looks once it is complete.