Serial no: GB1
Our Airstream dream
This Airstream is the 1970s version of the caravan which is up there alongside the Coca Cola bottle and the Zippo lighter as American style icons. Lovingly restored, meticulously renovated and cunningly redesigned.
We know that business is changing, to be more dynamic and mobile, and that there’s a growing appetite in society for returns to heritage and quality. So we thought the time was ripe to create something with a wow factor – an inspirational, warm and inviting environment unlike any meeting or party space that anyone has seen before.
The fact is, stuff like this doesn’t get made any more. You’d struggle to find anything modern which inspires as much joy and personality, innovation and style, as the Airstream does. It’s like the e-Type Jag, or Concorde – timeless icons of a bygone era when style was king.
So, we thought we’d have some fun with it. We thought we’d offer something a bit different from your normal corporate away-day venues, your common co-working spaces, your marquees and your Air BnBs. If you’re looking for something fresh and inspiring, memorable and beautiful (we particularly like the aluminium hub caps) then we reckon we’ve got something you’ll struggle to beat.
We’re proud to be writing another chapter in this Airstream’s story. We’d love you to come and be part of it.
We’ve got to give a shout out to Wally Byam as the founder of Airstream Inc. – he was born almost 125 years ago and died back in 1962. But boy, has he left his legacy.
Wallace Merle “Wally” Byam (1896-1962) grew up in the state of Oregon and spent his teenage years as a shepherd, living in a two-wheeled cart fitted out with a kerosene stove, a sleeping bag and a washing pail. Sound familiar?
Later, a DIY magazine he published ran a feature on how to build a travel trailer. Readers complained about the flawed instructions so Wally tried following them himself. They were right, as it turned out, so Wally went to the drawing board and designed his own version. Following the crash of 1929, The Airstream Company was incorporated in 1930.
In 1936, Wally’s company introduced the Clipper, a new style of riveted aluminium trailer – based more on the aircraft of its day than on its travel trailer predecessors. Air conditioned and with lights, room for four sleepers and its own water supply, it became massively popular despite the costs.
The rest, as they say, is history. Airstream was the only trailer company which survived the Great Depression and it reopened following WWII, spreading to the east coast of the US with a factory in Ohio which opened in 1952.
Wally died in 1962 and has a memorial in Glendale California. His legacy lives on. We like to think he’d be proud to see The Mobile Room finding a use for this caravan, a purpose as contemporary as the design was when it was first conceived.