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For someone like myself who grew up traveling in converted buses, this new Republic of Fritz Hansen-designed Airstream and coordinating modified MINI Cooper S Clubman doesn't look exactly practical, but it does look dreamy. At 6.8 meters long (about 22 feet), the Airstream trailer makes for a relatively compact way to make a road-trip luxurious—for fans of both sea and sun.

Incorporating neoprene, acid green accents, floral prints and furniture by the Republic of Fritz Hansen, the trailer brings a playfully modern feel to the classic American concept. Designed for surfers and other watersports enthusiasts, details like a floor made to look like a boat deck and two surfboard halves that function as shelves are kitschy nods to its purpose. With one side of the trailer opening into a deck for sunbathing or lounging, the vehicle offers a spot to relax after a day of adventuring.

The Clubman itself gets some updates too in the form of a tow package and a roof rack that holds a Republic by Fritz Hansen surfboard. By removing the rear seat, the truck becomes a spacious storage compartment customized to hold diving gear, including flippers, a mask, wetsuit and oxygen tanks.

Those in Milan can check it out in person during design week. See info below and more photos after the jump.

Update: For MINI's own content on the project, including videos, contests, interviews, party pics and more, check out the MINI Space page devoted to it.

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Airstream x MINI Cooper S Clubman x Republic of Fritz Hansen
Interni Design Energies
Through 27 April 2009
Universitá degli Studi di Milano
Via Festa del Perdono 7
Milan, Italy map

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