New International Sterling pulls Airstream's classic aluminum design inside
By C.C. Weiss
June 3, 2013
Airstream is famous the world over for its timelessly iconic aluminum-shelled camping trailers. The all-new International Sterling created by longtime Airstream designer Christopher C. Deam pulls that shimmering aluminum inside for a retro camping experience that still retains a healthy dose of modern comfort.
Covering surfaces like the cabinetry and walls, the aluminum interior isn't just designed for pure aesthetics but to enhance the overall experience and more seamlessly blend interior with exterior.
Deam at first worried that an aluminum interior would be too much, overwhelming the eyes and taking an established design cue too far. After years of tinkering with the idea, he decided that by contrasting the grained aluminum of the exterior with an anodized aluminum interior, Airstream could successfully go all metal.
"We put our heads down and analyzed the problem … how do we do something nobody else can do? How can we be authentically Airstream?" says Deam. "Aluminum’s a challenging material, but that’s what we wanted to show off – Airstream’s great skill and craftsmanship with it."
Using the duet of aluminums, the International Sterling provides a living space designed to blend retro style with 21st century convenience. The vibrant colors of the Arctic Dijon and Obsidian Violet interior design options add some warmth to the clinical look of the aluminum surfaces. A modern entertainment system with 26-inch LED HD TV, AM/FM/CD/DVD Blu-ray player, USB hook-ups, and premium audio tops off a finished product that looks like a stylish urban bachelor pad on wheels.
Beyond its slick, reflective interior, the new International Sterling is a classic Airstream camper. It comes in 26- and 28-foot (7.9- and 8.5-m) floor plans that each sleep up to five persons. Each floor plan includes a sleeping area, kitchen space, dinette, lavatory, shower room and living room, along with cabinet and closet space. Standard features include a 15,000 BTU air conditioner, 25,000 BTU furnace, LED interior lighting, 3-burner cooktop with oven, 7 cu ft (198-l) refrigerator and 6-gal (23-l) water heater.
Airstream is currently working on production of the new International Sterling and has not yet released pricing information.