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!
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?
In the ARC workshop today – a break from the bling! After the shiny and brightly coloured finish of our recently finished Dubai Airstream project, we’re now working with some traditional oak.
This 30ft Airstream Sovereign is being fitted with oak panelled end caps, oak panelled walls and an oak ‘barrel top’ ceiling. The oak ceiling is similar to the one we installed in Winnie the Winnebago (pictured bottom) which was inspired by the ceiling of a romany caravan.
Winnie the Winnebago (below)
In the ARC workshop today – this vintage 35ft super rare 1952 Vagabond trailer has just arrived at the ARC workshop from the US, ready for a refit with what can only be described as a wonderful Kardashian backside.
In the workshop today, the Dubai Airstream is looking good as the soft furnishings are fitted. The side of this Airstream opens up to create an outdoor entertainment area.
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.