This 1970s Airstream Trailer Is Unbelievably Scandi-Cool

Photos by Thomas Loof
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In the 1970s, California-made Airstream trailers represented a certain American dream — that is, the freedom to travel and explore the country's open roads. So when Søren Rose Studio (an architectural team based in New York City and Copenhagen) had the opportunity to transform a 1972 trailer, they wanted to create a Scandinavian version of the American dream: a mobile home that embraces both adventure and clean, modern design.

Thankfully, the project began with a mostly intact Airstream. "It was in great shape, close to originally how it was built in the 1970s — lots of sheet metal, acrylic, molded plastic and vinyl," said architect Søren Rose. Still, renovating a moving trailer comes with its own sets of challenges. For instance, the trailer is only 12 feet long with important weight restrictions, so the team had to prioritize space and weight any way they could.

By working with a group of Scandinavian brands for the interior (including Dinesen, Kvadrat, Bang & Olufsen and Københavns Møbelsnedkeri), Søren Rose Studio was able to build a home that fully combines Scandi-cool aesthetics with American soul.

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Every detail in the small space had to work. While installing the custom metal hardware for the windows, the team did several mockup scenarios to ensure that it would be a success. The existing windows were renovated with new aluminum trim, steel hardware, and tinted glass.

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A fold-out bed and couch were made from Kvadrat fabric from the Canvas Collection. Leather buttons adorn the custom seating. Above, a cabinet stores a collection of board games and an entertainment system from B&O. The floor is made of solid Danish oak.

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A simple yet practical custom side table is mounted on the wall. The once-yellow walls were re-painted white for a more minimalist design that opens up the teeny mobile home.

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To transform the sitting area into a place for solitude and relaxation, a side table is equipped with B&O headphones. Pillows made with fabric by Kvadrat from the Canvas collection adorn the space.

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In the kitchen, the team installed top-of-the-line Scandinavian appliances from Gaggenau.

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The dining table is made from solid oak and covered with a leather top. A portable radio from B&O is ideal for picnics or stops at the beach.

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A custom-built knife board stores a collection of Japanese knives. Enamel cups from Best Made are ideal for stepping out with a morning coffee.

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A sleek flatware tray built by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri keeps the Grand Prix cutlery from Kay Bojesen organized.

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"Working with a tiny space is all about prioritizing," said architect Søren Rose. The end result is an airy, open interior that meets the needs of modern travelers.


Kate Santos

Kate Santos

Kate Santos is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles. After interning at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, she began writing for a variety of ... more