Très chic mobile homes

Vintage Airstream redesigned by Craig Dorsey in an Adirondak theme (Photo: Craig Dorsey)

I had no idea what a trailer park was when I first came to this country, as we really don’t have anything like that in Austria.  But once I learned more I always wondered why trailers could not look a little better, even on a very small budget.  Nevertheless I am fascinated by the mobility, low budget construction and the small imprint on the environment.  Inspired by Brillante Interiors’ piece about a Hangar Design Group’s mobile micro-home I researched more options for stylish mobile living.

From rustic to sleek there is something for everyone, even the most design conscious.  Whether vintage or modern these trailers captivate on many levels.

“Mehrzeller” caravan designed by the Graz University of Technology in Austria (Photo: courtesy of Mehrzeller)

Interior of “Mehrzeller” caravan designed by the Graz University of Technology in Austria
(Photo: courtesy of Mehrzeller)

Pierre Arnoux’s retro chic trailer exterior (Photo: Christophe Rouffio)

Pierre Arnoux’s retro chic trailer kitchen and living room (Photo: Christophe Rouffio)

Pierre Arnoux’s retro chic trailer bedroom (Photo: Christophe Rouffio)

When it comes to vintage trailers the light-weight aluminum “Airstream” is the travel trailer of choice for the creative crowd.

Vintage Airstream redesigned by Craig Dorsey in an Adirondak theme (Photo: Craig Dorsey)

Airstream interior by the Scottish husband and wife team Annie & Lachlan Stewart of Anta
(Photo: courtesy of Vignette Design Blog)

 

Airstream interior created by Barclay Butera as the Green Room for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival to
benefit the Children’s Action Network (Photo: courtesy of Barclay Butera)

1959 Airstream restored by architect Andreas Stavropoulos (Photo: Mark Compton)

Airstream interior designed by Christopher C. Dream (Image: courtesy of Christopher C. Dream)

Interior of Kristiana Spalding’s “Silver Trailer” Airstream (Photo: Michelle McCannon)

Desk are in Kristiana Spalding’s “Silver Trailer” Airstream (Photo: Michelle McCannon)

The Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town South Africa created a trailer park like no other.  The rooftop of the hotel sports a garden sprinkled with vintage Airstream trailers, each furnished by a different designer.

“Afro Funk” Airstream designed by Carla Soudien (Photo: courtesy of Grand Daddy Hotel)

“Dorothy” Airstream designed by Sarah Pratt (Photo: courtesy of Grand Daddy Hotel)

For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Cape Town Old MacDaddy Luxury Trailer Park in Elgin Valley offers vintage Airstream suites, each with their own unique design.

“Life Before Color” Airstream designed by Lisa Mesning (Photos: Anthony Smythe)

“King Midas” Airstream designed by Fabiana Sanchez Da Solar & Giulia Tarantello (Photos: Anthony Smythe)

In the true spirit of “necessity being the mother of invention”, Julie Martin created a cabin on wheels after loosing everything in Hurricane Katrina.

“Fresh Start” portable house designed by Julie Martin (Photo: courtesy of Tiny House Blog)

Interior of the “Fresh Start” portable house designed by Julie Martin
(Photo: courtesy of Tiny House Blog)

There are also now plenty of designs for pre-fabricated homes, which are leaving a small footprint without sacrificing style.  Many of these structures also were designed with sustainability in mind, offering additional advantages.

Prototype of TrailerWrap’s design for a mobile home (Photo: courtesy of TrailerWrap)

Interior of  TrailerWrap’s mobile home (Photo: courtesy of TrailerWrap)

“Soho Park” mobile home designed by Christopher C. Dream (Image: courtesy of Christopher C. Dream)

Interior of “Soho Park” mobile home designed by Christopher C. Dream (Image: courtesy of Christopher C. Dream)

“Joshua Tree” mobile home designed by the Italian firm Hangar Design Group
(Photo: courtesy of Hangar Design Group)

Interior of the “Joshua Tree” mobile home designed by the Italian firm Hangar Design Group
(Photo: courtesy of Hangar Design Group)

Kitchen in the “Joshua Tree” mobile home designed by the Italian firm Hangar Design Group
(Photo: courtesy of Hangar Design Group)

Bathroom in the “Joshua Tree” mobile home designed by the Italian firm Hangar Design Group
(Photo: courtesy of Hangar Design Group)

“Suite Home” mobile home designed by the Italian firm Hangar Design Group
(Photo: courtesy of Hangar Design Group)

Interior of the “Suite Home” mobile home designed by the Italian firm Hangar Design Group
(Photo: courtesy of Hangar Design Group)

Interior of the “Suite Home” mobile home designed by the Italian firm Hangar Design Group
(Photo: courtesy of Hangar Design Group)

“Solo MiniHome”  by the Canadian firm “Sustain Design Studio” (Photo: courtesy of Sustain Design Studio)

Interior of the “Solo MiniHome”  by the Canadian firm “Sustain Design Studio”
(Photo: courtesy of Sustain Design Studio)

“Arado weeHouse” by Alchemy Architects in Pepin, WI (Photo: courtesy of Alchemy Architects)

Kitchen in the “Arado weeHouse” by Alchemy Architects in Pepin, WI (Photo: courtesy of Alchemy Architects)

Kitchen in “weeHouse” by Alchemy Architects in Two Harbors, MN (Photo: courtesy of Alchemy Architects)

“Micro Compact Home”  by Horden Cherry Lee Architects/Haack + Höpfner Architects (Photo: Sascha Kletzsch)

Interior of “Micro Compact Home”  by Horden Cherry Lee Architects/Haack + Höpfner Architects
(Photo: courtesy of World Architecture News)

Interior of “Micro Compact Home”  by Horden Cherry Lee Architects/Haack + Höpfner Architects
(Photo: courtesy of World Architecture News)

I have always dreamed about owning a weekend home in the country.  Why not start with a small mobile home if it is only land or has a tear-down shack on it?  Perhaps one realizes after living small that not as much is needed as one had imagined.  I feel that it is becoming more and more important to leave a smaller imprint on our environment.  And if we don’t have to sacrifice taste it should be much easier.

I would love to hear what you think about living small.

Cheers,



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