Mini puts a big premium on style, and although its cars are a blast to drive and practical for most commuters, it’s the look that makes them so desirable. Being able to personalize your Mini is a big part of that equation and Mini has taken that philosophy further into the fringes by teaming up with the equally iconic Airstream trailer company to create a uniquely Mini vision of “mobile living” for the Salone del Mobile furniture show currently underway in Milan. We showed you a sneak peek of their project last month, but Mini has released more information and new images today, so we thought we’d share.
Together with Danish furniture designer, Republic of Fritz Hansen, the companies have created a concept Mini Cooper S Clubman coupled to a matching 22-foot Airstream trailer with a “down-by-the beach” feel. There’s a gallery and press release (after the jump) to explain the theme in detail, but basically the Clubman features neoprene seat covers, a surfboard on the roof and some scuba gear in the boot, while the trailer is a drop side Airstream with funky modern furniture by Fritz. It’s a cool bit of kit that we’d be happy to take on a trip down the coast.
MINI Cooper S Clubman meets Airstream Trailer, advised by Republic of Fritz Hansen.
Munich. Afterwards the acknowledged actualization of the beginning MINI Convertible this spring, MINI dips its toe into the stylistic approaching of travel. Teaming up with acclaimed brands Airstream and Republic of Fritz Hansen(TM), the carmaker has accepted the affair of “mobile living” in developing an avant-garde architecture abstraction with a down-by-the bank feel. The accord has spawned a different aggregate of a 6.80-metre-long Airstream bivouac and a adapted MINI Cooper S Clubman, one whose address extends aloft the alcove of the watersports scene. Danish appliance architecture casting Republic of Fritz Hansen(TM) has kitted the iconic American biking bivouac out with beginning interpretations of architecture abstract and accustomed both the bivouac and the MINI a revamped attending from the auto up. Capacity accommodate the use of surfer-dude “wetsuit” neoprene, beginning colours and annual prints, and the advantage of aperture up the bivouac on one ancillary and authoritative yourself adequate on a congenital sun-bathing bed. This adaptable “home from home” feeds that allegorical dream of surfing and watersports enthusiasts: consistently hunting for the complete wave, at home anywhere about the world. It charge be the ultimate admixture of architecture and function.
Since it is not commonly accessible with a bivouac coupling, the MINI Cooper S Clubman had to be distinctively adapted to fulfil its role in this adventuresome concept.
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The architecture abstraction will be apparent to the accessible for the aboriginal time at the INTERNI Architecture Energies exhibition demography abode during the internationally acclaimed Salone del Adaptable appliance actualization in Milan on 22 – 27 April 2009.
The accord was underpinned by a affection for architecture and an eye for detail aggregate by all three brands. Advancement and the alternation with attributes provided a twin-pronged focus for their endeavours. The apple of watersports and the admiring of surfers for complete abandon and accord with their ambience offered the complete afflatus for the architecture study.
The bivouac and the MINI anatomy a distinct unit. Their architecture is a bright nod to the aesthetics of watersports and the abstracts acclimated by those involved.
The bivouac allows you to acquaintance every bend of the apple aural your own four walls. Inside, beginning takes on architecture abstract by Republic of Fritz Hansen™ advice you get your animation aback afterwards an appointment with the waves. The SuperellipseTM table, belted by four Series 7TM chairs, makes an ideal area for a aggregation snack, while a brace of SwanTM chairs in the bend action an added alleviation space. The attic of the bivouac has a chic “yacht-deck” copse console attending and the rear bank is busy with floral prints and two surfboards halves, which bifold up as shelving. Elsewhere, an electric motor allows one ancillary of the bivouac to be bankrupt down. This reveals the chip “daybed”, an allurement to booty in some application if anytime there was one. Mild summertime evenings by the bivouac are additionally article to be enjoyed at every opportunity, of course, and two EggTM chairs and a ancillary table accept been distinctively developed for the job in hand. Meanwhile, neoprene accents on the alien walls of the bivouac are addition address to the action of surfing.
MINI Cooper S Clubman.
The architecture of the MINI distinguishes itself through the apple-pie curve and the accelerated blooming trim. The architecture of the Airstream bivouac matches that of the MINI Cooper S Clubman appropriately creating a compatible all-embracing picture. As ever, the devil is in the detail, with the wetsuit aftereffect added to the roof, beneath the bumpers and on the ancillary of the car. Plus, blooming trim can be begin on the window moulding, headlights, beanie and radiator grille surround. These elements are complemented by the allegory white of the exoteric mirrors, caster rims, ancillary panels and beanie stripes. Taken as a whole, this car is every inch beachside eye candy. A appropriate roof arbor offers defended busline for the surfboard in Republic by Fritz Hansen™ architecture and is abiding to be a hit with anyone branch for the waves. The absorbing capacity abide central the car. Neoprene makes addition actualization on the seats, dashboard and ancillary panelling, amid added places, while the rear bank bench has been removed and the cossack bare out. For any watersports aficionado with a accumulator problem, the four distinctively fabricated accepting shells with purpose-built mounts for sports kit will represent dizzying luxury; diving gear, including flippers, a mask, wetsuit and oxygen tanks, can all be chip here.
“At MINI we accept a continued and, aloft all, acknowledged attitude of collaborations,” explains Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht, Senior Vice President Casting Management MINI. “We like to assignment with brands which allotment our affection for design. Collaborations blaze our creativity. With the “MINI and Airstream, advised by Fritz Hansen” concept, we are attractive to actualization our barter beginning and avant-garde angles for the MINI Clubman and to casting a abstracted eye into the advancement of the future.”