Featuring archival footage that’s guaranteed to awaken the nomad spirit within, Alumination journeys back to the late 1920s when Wally Byam built the first prototype in his backyard – all the way through to present times, to quiz Airstream fanatics on their trailer obsession.
Alumination takes in the evolution of the company, from its various models to the changing perception of Airstreams, including the way many have now been repurposed as permanent homes or studios. As the filmmakers write on the Alumination website: ‘Ultimately, Wally Byam didn’t just create a tool for travel, he created a platform for living.’
The film arrives at a time when many are rediscovering the joys of #vanlife, and the freedom of roaming without having to worry about where they’ll rest their heads come nightfall. And for viewers that aren’t quite ready to hit the open road, it’s a fascinating piece of design history that might just help scratch the travel itch many of us have developed in lockdown.