Who doesn’t dream of packing up and travelling around in a camper van one day? But before you go, imagine all the amazing things you could do to make your van as unique and as personal as possible in terms of interior design and styling.
For @vanfolkbristol, a travel company that builds “vans to get lost in”, the key when it comes to renovating their rental mobile homes on wheels is to create bold, characterful and considered interiors complete with cupboards that don’t swing open when driving, switches in all the right places, a cooking space that isn’t cramped and attention to detail when it comes to things like tiles.
They start the process with a completely empty panel van, which offers a blank page in terms of possibilities. Next, they begin the interior design with the tiles. “These are our statement piece,” explains Vanfolk’s Emily. “They drive the colour scheme and allow the kitchen to take centre stage.” She spotted Ca’ Pietra’s Brompton Clarence porcelain matt tiles in a London shop window and knew instantly that they would sit perfectly above the Belfast sink in this latest van design. “Most importantly, they were bold and eye catching as we didn’t want bland tiles that would fade into the background,” she adds. “They were also the perfect colours with a seamless connection to the landscapes the van will visit, which is exactly what we’re trying to create.”
Vanfolk started building campervans during last year’s lockdown, seeing it as an opportunity to do something fun and champion the UK destinations on our doorstep. The ethos of adventure and exploration extends into the design of their vans, too, and the company is currently working on a van which is completely off-grid with enough mains power to operate as a fully-fledged remote office, allowing those who work from home to take off for a week and experience how a micro adventure could reinvigorate their working lives.
“Details matter,” says Emily, “and so does feeling at home. Our hope is that our vans enable you to enjoy the journey and the destination; that you’ll feel at home whilst the landscapes around you change.”
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