My Cool Campervan celebrates the new wave of interest in modern-retro campervans. Join Jane Field-Lewis and Chris Haddon as they set off on a 3500-mile trip to locate campervans and proud owners sharing their memories of family holidays under candy-striped pop-top roofs, of ice creams on long road trips, of sunny days and simple pleasures.
My Cool Campervan celebrates a new wave of interest in modern-retro campervans.
Join Jane Field-Lewis and Chris Haddon as they set off on a 3500-mile trip to locate campervans and proud owners, sharing their memories of family holidays under candy-striped pop-top roofs and of sunny days and simple pleasures. Delve into a world of road-tripping as Jane and Chris introduce us to a succession of distinctive campervans, memorable locations and classic models, at times beautifully restored, and at others well-loved and well-used.
My Cool Campervan reveals a world beyond the stereotype, of vintage vans from another era, forgotten rarities and beautifully restored mass-produced models.
Chapters include: Old Retro: In the 1970s and 80s as the motor industry turned its sights towards the global market, campervan designs began to change. Simple Life: Exploring functional campervans where styling doesn't overwhelm function and where vans are so well designed in the first place, there's nothing more to add than the journey. Weird and Wonderful: From a converted French fire truck, to an 'extension' to a regular saloon car, these campers are customised, unusual and have been created to provide space. American Beauties: The large American Recreational Vehicles, or RVs, fulfill just about everyone's expectations of a comfortable life on the road. The enduring appeal of the RV lies in its iconic design and long association with the romantic notion of the great road journey. Classics: Some vehicle designs last longer than others. The VW T2 campervan is, without doubt, the front runner. New Retro: Reflecting owners' unique styles and interest, the vehicles here function as an artist's workroom or as a photographer's studio; these are not only places to camp out or chill out, they are happy extensions of creative lives.
Jane Field-Lewis is a London-based stylist working in photography, film and TV. She is the author of the 'my cool' series of lifestyle and interior books. She is also the author of The Anatomy of Sheds, an acclaimed book on stylish sheds, cabins and retreats. She is also the creator and creative consultant and stylist behind the hit C4 series 'Amazing Spaces'. She has an enduring love for both people and style, believing the two are closely entwined. Her career is based on the aesthetic, whether high- or low-style, natural or created, and across people and objects. Jane is based in London.
Chris Haddon is a multi-disciplinary designer with over 20 years experience. He has a huge passion for all things retro and among his collection of vintage caravans is his studio which is a converted 1960s Airstream. He had for many years hankered after the perfect classic car to accompany his retro caravans. The journey that he took when looking for the car he now owns led him to admire and consider many various possibilities along the way.
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