Jewelry designer Kristiana Spaulding has always liked the efficiency of small spaces. That's why she fashions earrings, bracelets, and necklaces featuring the gently rounded, but streamlined aluminum form of Airstream trailers. The trailers have been manufactured with the same basic look for over 70 years.
Spaulding, Hillyer '90, has used her love of the Airstream shape as a springboard for a successful California-based jewelry and design business called Silver Trailer. Her jewelry is also sold by Airstream's manufacturer, and Spaulding has started to receive requests for help in designing the interior of Airstreams owned by other people.
Spaulding fell in love with Airstreams as a child, traveled in them as a young adult, and now owns four of the trailers. So retro that they're cool, Airstreams have been discovered by Hollywood celebrities and one now sits in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
After graduating from Hillyer, Spaulding received a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. For her masters' thesis, she designed, for a 1967 Airstream, gracefully curved tables, shelves, and a desk to be in keeping with the external lines of the trailer.
The Airstream is such a beautiful and comforting body to be in," Spaulding says. "I love how everything folds up and fits in a trailer. I designed the inside of my trailer so that I have room for sentimental items that are portable and help me feel grounded. I love to be home and I love to travel. The Airstream lets me do both."