Lot 31
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Wally Byam

50,000 - 70,000 USD
365,000 USD
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  • Wally Byam
  • Airstream 16 Sport Travel Trailer
  • Aluminium and glass
  • 16 x 8 feet (4.9 x 2.4 m)
Custom interior and unique wheels designed especially for the (RED) Auction 2013. Edition 01/01.

Catalogue Note

Donated by Airstream, Inc.

Is there any other object that conjures the American dream of freedom and the open road better than the Airstream trailer? Perhaps that is why directors have featured this icon in scores of Hollywood productions, from "Raising Arizona" to "Mars Attacks!" and it is included in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It also brilliantly reflects Jony and Marc’s shared love of Americana and of popular culture. When Wally Beam founded his company in 1931, his goal was to build a travel trailer that would move "like a stream of air." He partnered with Hawley Bowlus, a builder of Charles Lindbergh’s "Spirit of St. Louis," to develop a comfortable, stylish accommodation that would go wherever the road beckoned. The Airstream’s revolutionary low, rounded shape, coupled with its shell made of light-weight aluminium - a material that has yielded many of the century’s great design objects - make it stable and light, so that it could be towed by any car. This Sport model, classified as a “Bambi,” sleeps 2 to 3 people, and has a custom interior and vintage-style wheels selected especially for the (RED) Auction.