Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream Inc. introduced its newest design concept, the Sterling Concept trailer, designed by architect Christopher Deam, during last week’s 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky.
Deam utilized anodized aluminum surfaces inside the concept trailer to bring the unmistakable appearance of the Airstream exterior, which provides plenty of light and reflectivity, according to a news release.
The collaboration between Airstream and Deam continues a partnership that started more than a decade ago with the 2001 Airstream International CCD.
The most striking design feature of the Sterling Concept trailer is the use of anodized aluminum surfaces for the interior. Deam wanted to bring the unmistakable appearance of the Airstream’s exterior to the interior of the unit and use a premium, lustrous material that provided plenty of light and reflectivity. The aircraft-like aesthetic and modern monocoque design required high precision, resulting in a product that is both aggressively modern and timeless.
The Sterling Concept trailer features bright yellow woven vinyl flooring that has a soft, luxurious feel and is perfectly complemented by the white ultra-leather upholstery and classic mid-century Merimekko fabric used throughout the unit. All countertops and roof lockers are edged with pure aluminum extrusions which harmonize with the aluminum interior skin and premium fixtures in the galley and lavatory.
“Airstream is the ultimate object of design,” said Deam. “The Sterling concept trailer project was a true collaboration with Airstream and forced us both to push the limits of what is possible. For a designer it is always great to work with a brand where you can exercise furniture and product design together with manufacturing—it is the ultimate.”
Deam said the Sterling Concept captures what is essential about Airstream travel trailers and imparts to it a modern flair, demonstrating Airstream’s continuing commitment to be a thought leader for the RV industry.
The Sterling Concept captures what is essential about Airstream travel trailers and imparts to it a modern flair, demonstrating Airstream’s continuing commitment to be a thought leader for the RV industry.
“This concept trailer represents a fresh take on Airstream, and we think it will appeal to people who are design-savvy and appreciate quality construction and unique, modern design,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler.
According to Wheeler, the Sterling Concept trailer will be presented at various events over the next couple of months before a final production decision is made.
Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream began over 70 years ago with a single man and a most singular dream. The man was Wally Byam: his dream, to build the perfect travel trailer—one that would move like a stream of air and would be light enough to be towed by a standard automobile.
Airstream, Inc. is a division of Thor Industries, Inc.
Address: 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629
Phone: (877) 596-6111
I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an Airstream fly.
—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo