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International Sterling: a Design That’s Uniquely Airstream


Sterling, AirstreamWhen people think about Airstream, one of the first things that come to mind is the iconic exterior design that creates a common thread through all of our models. The aluminum paneling that adorns every Airstream is as much a part of us as the name Airstream. But what happens when the aluminum comes inside.

Designer Christopher C. Deam had wanted to find out for years, but had not found a good opportunity. “It would be overwhelming, too much of a good thing,” he feared. With the redesign of the International Sterling model, that opportunity came with an epiphany – to contrast with the grained exterior aluminum, anodized aluminum would be used in the interior. “It was a very methodical process to make it work and look right,” Deam says.

There was certainly a method behind the decision – as founder Wally Byam said, “don’t make changes – only improvements.” And a design alteration for no reason wouldn’t be an improvement. “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.”

The goal all along was to make the interior deliver on the promise made by the exterior. “It’s a total experience, rather than a dissociated experience we’re going for,” says Deam, and done right, the interior could even improve on the exterior, by building the aluminum accents into the more retro, 1930s-aircraft-inspired décor.

The end product? A trailer that combines modern and past design, and is ready for what the present holds. Functional and practical, stunningly beautiful, and uniquely Airstream – with Christophers design, the International Sterling checks all the boxes.


We purchased a new Airstream, Signature Series, back in 2008. My wife treasures it. I however think it doesn't live up to hype. Rivet heads have popped, inside laminate started coming loose and is still coming loose to this day. Within the last year the outside trim has started to come loose. In my opinion, and we know everybody has one, I won't be buying another Airstream.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:29 AM by Rich Smith
The aluminum interior would be a great idea, if it were to be mixed with other standard materials. It would compliment both approaches, and not overwhelm aluminum.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:11 AM by Eray Honeycutt
I LOVE the aluminum on the inside! It is a clean, fresh look and I can't wait to buy my next Airstream with this interior.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 3:34 PM by Stacey
If my trailor hating wife ever divorses me, you can put me down for this beautiful model.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 4:09 PM by richard flay
Where can I see a Sterling?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:25 PM by David Bastow
An amazing look. I always loved Airstream since traveling with grandparents in their 1967 Airstream all over the US as a kid. I found a 1967 a few years back and cleaned it up. Brings back fond memories every time I see it.
Posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 6:38 AM by Jane Greene
This is kind of odd; we've had a Christopher Deam Bambi for some years now and it has aluminum inside. This new one is anodized, but looks similar.
Posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 4:16 PM by ted
I would like to re view you're magazine I have a 73 land yacht , it's in good condition but I need help thank you .
Posted @ Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:51 AM by Thomas ebbitt
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