"As owners of Huntsman, we are used to our clients commissioning totally bespoke pieces. So when it came to adding two bedrooms to our country house, we thought of a bespoke commission of a legendary airstream, and chose Kathy and the ARC Airstreams team after seeing some photos on the internet of how they'd translated someone's dream into a rolling room. And we wanted a rolling one bedroom shooting lodge for us. Huntsman specialise in bespoke tweeds to make totally custom shooting suits and other garments, so there was only a short distance to cross to use those as a backdrop for the decor. We specified the function, i.e. we'll never cook or eat in the Airstream - so no need for kitchen or dining room - but it would need room for a cloakroom where wet clothes brought back from a day's shooting could be hung to dry.
We choose earth tones contrasted with a moorland purple tweeds - emphasising different moods for the two rooms; and let the ARC team come up with suggestions for other wall and floor coverings, wood panelling and built in furniture. We let the team choose those to match or contrast with our tweeds in full trust in their knowhow, and were delighted to receive mood boards by return of mail, much alike those we do when thinking about our collections. We totally took in their suggestions, we then added black forest carvings and antlers to complete the look.
"The experience of designing the airstream together was a wonderful collaboration, and an extension of our bespoke practice into a new territory! We love the Airstreams so much that whereas they started out as extra rooms for guests, they will probably end up touring Scotland with us next summer!"