Airstream Delivery

Here’s the Lava Lamp Airstream being delivered to it’s new home in North Oxford on Monday. This Airstream is going to remain in the garden as a spare room and place to entertain guests, rather than going on tour. Unfortunately there is no access to the back garden from the road so it had to be lifted into the garden by an enormous crane. A big crowd of people turned up to watch and it was also filmed by a TV Crew for a new TV series on Micro Design which will be aired on Channel 4 in the spring! Here’s some photos of it going in:

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Airstream Delivery

Focus on the Minimalist Airstream

Today we’re taking another look at one of our recently finished projects which we like to call, ‘The Minimalist Airstream’.

minimalist airstream

This Airstream belongs to Doug Hamilton of the Wham Agency in London, a branding company who create, re-invent and deliver new brands worldwide.

The Airstream design brief was that it was to be very low key, simple and definitely ‘not blingy’ – so basically the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of what we have achieved with the Lava Lamp Airstream! If you compare these two trailers that we worked on side-by-side it just goes to show how versatile we are here at American Retro Caravans and how Kathy and Darren are able to work with our clients to develop their vision into reality, rather than recreating the same ‘house style’. You name it – we can build it!

This design maximises the natural light and space in the Airstream. As the Airstream is going to be situated in the South of France it needed to be well insulated against extreme temperatures. ARC will be towing the Airstream down to the South of France for Doug where it will be used as an office and guest accommodation.

minimalist airstream
minimalist airstream
minimalist airstream
minimalist airstream
minimalist airstream
minimalist airstream
minimalist airstream
minimalist airstream

Lava Lamp Lighting

Back to the Lava Lamp Airstream today and a closer look at the lighting. As previously mentioned, the whole design is based on the inside of the Lava Lamp and there’s one recessed into the wall between the kitchen and the rear seating area:

lava lamp Airstream

Running along the ceiling is a panel fitted with hundreds of twinkling ‘stars’

lava lamp Airstream

lava lamp Airstream

There are also some LEDs positioned around the main seating area

lava lamp Airstream

Different lamps and spotlights are positioned throughout to illuminate the bathroom and the various cocktail making surfaces:

lava lamp Airstream

lava lamp Airstream

The mood lighting can be controlled by remote control with a round controller to alter the colour, the speed of the twinkling and flashing and the brightness of the lights in different areas. In combination with the surround sound stereo system and various gadgets such as the wine cooler and popcorn machine this Airstream has been a very interesting job for our electrician Terry who originally learned his trade as a helicopter electrician for the Royal Navy.

lava lamp Airstream

Project Lava Lamp

So the Lava Lamp Airstream is pretty much finished and last week our excellent photographer, Jeremy Phillips came in to take some shots for us which have attracted a lot of discussion and a very positive reaction on our Facebook page and over 100 new ‘likes’.

The Lava Lamp Airstream was designed for our client who is in the wine trade, as an unusual and exciting space for entertaining guests in his garden. As a temporary static structure it requires no planning permission as it will be listed as a garden structure. It can be used as a spare room for visitors and also a very funky party space. Next month we will be delivering it to his home and installing it with a crane as there is no rear access to the building – and yes we will put some pictures of this exciting development on the blog!

The colour scheme in the Lava Lamp Airstream is based on the inside of a lava lamp. It is equipped with everything our client might need for a party, including wine storage, cocktail cabinet, ice maker, wine cooler, top quality sound system, colour changing LED’s and of course, a lava lamp, recessed into the wall. For overnight guests, the seating area can be transformed into a large double bed and there is also a separate seating area / bunk at the rear.

We recently tweeted the chaps at Lava Lamp to ask them what they thought of it and they replied “Whoa. Talk about a hot ride!” That just about sums it up.

Here’s a few shots of the interior:

Lava Lamp AirstreamThe seating area features a table on a remote-controlled telescopic leg, to the right is the wine cooler and the cocktail cabinet (closed)

Lava Lamp AirstreamHere’s another view of the seating area, with the cocktail cabinet open – beneath it a serving surface can be pulled out. Set into the ceiling are some remote controlled, twinkling, colour changing LED lights which look like a starry sky.

Lava Lamp AirstreamClose up of the cocktail cabinet with pull out serving surface below.

Lava Lamp AirstreamHere’s the toilet and wash basin, continuing the orange and purple theme. The laminate in here is from a design called Kromablobs by Karim Rashid

Lava Lamp AirstreamAnother shot of the bathroom with additional seating to the rear of the Airstream

Lava Lamp AirstreamThe table in the seating area has a Sex Pistols God Save the Queen Design, in honour of Her Majesty’s Jubilee.

Next time, we’ll show some more detailed shots of the interior…

In the workshop today: the Whale Tail is coming on!

Here are some photos of a vintage 1950’s Whale Tail Airstream that we are working on. Teak wood veneers and a mint green 50’s Smeg oven really work well in this retro feel Airstream.

whale tail airstream retro restoration

whale tail airstream retro restoration

whale tail airstream retro restoration

The client wanted us to use vintage parts where ever possible so we have fitted original hinges and catches.

whale tail airstream retro restoration

whale tail airstream retro restoration