Joining us this month is Chris, with his business Retro Retrims. Previously from Birmingham, Chris has fallen in love with a local lass and relocated to Somerset where he has set up his workshop alongside us here in our sunny cider orchard here on the Somerset Levels.
Chris will be working on his own vehicle upholstery projects for his own clients – including Volkswagens, Minis and other post war classic vehicles – and also working on some of our projects too. He has already made a glamorous gold padded cocktail bar for the Dubai Airstream and will also be working on a very exciting new venture which we are launching later this year – watch this space for more details!
At present Chris has his own space at the back of one of our workshops but this is all set to change as we are constructing a new workshop especially for him alongside our current workspace.
You can find out more about Retro Retrims on Chris’ website: www.retroretrims.co.uk
In the workshop today – this luxurious Airstream project is nearing completion.
It has wood panelling, a hand made pippy oak bed and another ARC first – two stained glass panels in the ceiling! Featuring pegasus in the lounge area and two doves above the bed. The roof of this 31ft Airstream has banded wooden strips in a bow-top caravan style and the air con has been revamped to fit in with the rest of the new interior design.
We’ll be sure to post a full shoot of the finished project when it’s done so keep checking the blog to see how it looks when it’s finished!
This Airstream is going to be used as a home office.
The desk is handmade from aircraft grade aluminium and solid riveted. It is edged with a leather padded strip.
The walls are lined in Pierre Frey wallpaper and the upholstery is in Pierre Frey linen. The seating area converts into a double bed.
There is also a small bathroom and kitchen area.
Here are some photos of our latest finished project – an Airstream 310 Motorhome.
This motorhome was completely refitted here at the ARC workshop. The interior was inspired by the iconic Andrew Martin Spitfire Chair – featuring handmade riveted aluminium furniture with distressed leather.
The Motorhome has an impressive V8 engine, all new electrics and plumbing, a wet central heating system, surround sound system, galley kitchen with solid wood worktops and hand built aluminium cupboards. The bathroom has a large shower with toilet and basin. There is also a dinette, emperor sized bed with Mulberry velvet cushions and a rock and roll bed. All of the interior was hand built by our team at the ARC workshop.
The owners of this Airstream motorhome are based in Cornwall and will be making the motorhome available to rent. You can contact them through their website: www.tregulland.co.uk.
All photos here are by our excellent photographer Jeremy Phillips
In the ARC workshop today: this Airstream has come in for repairs. Here the damaged panels have been removed and the new panels are fitted ready for a polish. We regularly complete insurance work for Airstream owners and are trusted to complete this work to a high standard by many insurance companies.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the workshop, this Airstream interior is being lined with textured silver flecked wall paper – what do you think?
The Weber Experience Airstream is also in for a service this week. This Airstream tours the UK and ROI demonstrating Weber’s excellent range of barbecues, offering advice on grilling techniques and some delicious summer recipes. You can see some more pictures of this Airstream which has a fold down side that turns into a stage on our website gallery and on the Weber Experience website.
In the ARC workshop today – the Airstream Sovereign is coming along nicely – here you can see we have fitted some black strapping to the wooden ceiling with studs to enhance the ‘barrel top’ effect. Meanwhile, the wood panelled walls are getting their first coat of paint.