The Lava Lamp Airstream on Channel 4

lava lamp airstream

Regular visitors to this blog will be hard-pressed to forget the fabulous Lava Lamp Airstream that we finished earlier this year for client Bernard Fontannaz, which was craned into his back garden in Oxford. The interior design for this retro-themed Airstream was inspired by the inside of a lava lamp.

Well now you can get a proper 360 degree look around inside the Airstream and find out what Bernard gets up to in there as he is going to be featured on episode 2 of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 tomorrow night. In the series, George Clarke explores the extraordinary world of small builds, where people turn tiny spaces into the most incredible places to live, work and play. This project was certainly for playing – if you haven’t seen it before you can find out more about it in these blog posts

Find out about the TV show here: www.channel4.com/programmes/george-clarkes-amazing-spaces/episode-guide/series-1/episode-2

lava lamp airstream

lava lamp airstream

lava lamp airstream

lava lamp 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…

The Lava Lamp Airstream is nearly done…

Today in the Workshop – the Lava Lamp Airstream is close to completion. It’s nearly time to call in Jeremy Phillips our photographer, to take some professional shots – until then here are a few tantalising snaps of the interior to keep you going!

lava lamp airstream

lava lamp airstream

lava lamp airstream

lava lamp airstream

lava lamp airstream

Groovy Baby! It’s the Orange and Purple Lava Lamp Airstream…

A visual feast for you today as this Airstream is really starting to take shape, demonstrating the versatility of the design team here at ARC. If the customer wants minimalist, we can do minimalist – or if they want something bright and bold and inspired by iconic design, we can do that too!

This client wants to stand out from the crowd with a retro style interior which has been inspired by the colours of a lava lamp. This is the Airstream with the starry ceiling which I have mentioned in previous posts. It’s also going to have a cocktail cabinet and a periscope. At the moment Darren and the team are busy fitting the stereo and the dazzling purple and orange cabinets and drawers with retractable handles – take a look at all of these lovely pics to see how it’s coming along:

Airstream doorInterior Door

Airstream KitchenKitchen area

Airstream KitchenKitchen drawers

Airstream Kitchen

Airstream Kitchen

Airstream KitchenCheck out these groovy retractable drawer handles – now you see it….

Airstream Kitchen…now you don’t!

Airstream Kitchen…and the same on the kitchen cupboards!

Airstream KitchenSpecial kitchen mood lighting

Airstream Kitchen

Airstream Door

Airstream Door

Airstream Door

Airstream Interior

Airstream Stereo SystemThe thermostatically controlled wine cooler goes in

Airstream Stereo SystemSpeakers are mounted into the ceiling