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”.
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.
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.
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!
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
Here are some professional shots of our latest completed project – the Dubai Airstream. This Airstream is now finished and ready to leave our workshop to begin the long journey to it’s new home in Dubai where it will be used for entertaining and business. All photos by our wonderful photographer Jeremy Phillips.
The side of the Airstream folds down to create a decking / lounge area – perfect for entertaining in sunnier climes…
There is also a pull-out awning to protect from the sun
Inside the Airstream features a gold upholstered cocktail cabinet and a recurring burkha design
Colour changing mood lights throughout and our trademark twinkling starry ceiling set the mood for entertainment or business.
A lava lamp is recessed into one of the worktops
In the ARC workshop today: This fabulous golden cocktail bar is under construction in the Dubai Airstream – one of our luxury Airstream refit projects which is being shipped out to Dubai once it is completed.
The bar was decorated by our new upholsterer, Chris Burns. Chris renovates VW campers and will be joining ARC soon – so we will become even more of a hub for all things retro! You can also see in this picture that this Airstream is being fitted with one of our classic ‘starry sky’ lighting designs with twinkling, colour-changing LEDS set into the ceiling.
Meanwhile one of our early projects, the Weber Barbecue Airstream has come back to the workshop for a service and buff and polish ready to hit the road again this summer as it tours the UK demonstrating the delights of Weber barbecues. You can see more pictures of this Airstream project on our website gallery page and blog.
In the workshop today – this stage area is being created on the Dubai Airstream. Once finished, this deluxe project is going to be shipped out to Dubai where the Airstream and stage will be used for special events and weddings.
We have now closed our workshop for Christmas and we will be back hard at work on the 4th January with lots of exciting new projects to show you in the new year, for now here’s a bit of Christmas bling:
This Airstream 280 project is now complete – we’ve had a photoshoot with our photographer Jeremy and will show you the results in our next blog post:
And here are a couple of interior shots of the work in progress on the Dubai Airstream – our blingiest project to date:
In the workshop today: this Airstream is being fitted with a polished brass end cap:
Meanwhile, Darren and Dave are discussing the cocktail cabinet which is going to be fitted into the Dubai Airstream: