its sleek, rounded lines have become an icon of 20th century industrial design. Besides, it's fun.
The Airstream travel trailer celebrates its 71st anniversary this year. Founder Wally Byam wanted to build a trailer that moved like a "stream of air," so in 1936 he borrowed the design techniques and materials of the airline industry. Today the aluminum-shelled Airstream, in its many models and sizes, is one of the most recognized industrial design images in the world.
Design Within Reach, a San Francisco furniture company that is the source for licensed classics of modern design, invited architect-designer Christopher Deam to create a special edition of the Airstream for its customers. The result: Modern meets modern on wheels.
Bates RV on McIntosh Road in Dover "managed to sneak two out of the factory," sales consultant Michael Dautel said, one of which "sold the day it hit the lot." The other isn't leaving: It's the one he's taking orders from. He's already got a waiting list. Buyers come from as far as the Virgin Islands, the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Miami. Price: $49,066.
"It's one pretty slick-looking little outfit," Dautel said. There are recessed halogen lights, a ball clock by George Nelson, a Sony sound system and TV, and a rooftop air conditioner. Deam has updated the trailer with durable and luxurious contemporary materials, fixtures and fittings: backlit overhead storage lockers with metal perforated laminate doors, custom aluminum window treatments, an Elkay pullout faucet. See more at www.dwr.com/airstream and at www.airstream.com (click on "the buzz").
It's your home away from home, hipper than ever after all these years.