I’d been chattering for a week about spending the summer in a trailer dropped on the smallest patch of grass and wildflower somewhere Upstate when I came across the Cricket Trailer over at Men and Women of Industry. (If you’re not fantasizing about camping now, you will be once you’ve seen their childhood snaps.) The lightweight, angular trailers were designed by Garrett Finney, an architect who came to camper design by way of NASA, where he worked on the International Space Station’s “Habitation Module” (astronaut-speak for “home”).
Clearly, Space is full of space, but you’re not going all the way out there to hang out in your rec room. The Cricket Trailer is built on a similar concept. Finney believes that small spaces make “the ritual of daily life feel more connected to the outdoors.” In 1999, the sheen of outer space had worn off, and he turned to making another exploring machine, but one meant for lands already charted, that anyone could hope to get to within their lifetimes with little more than a car, a pack of hot dogs and a jar of peanut butter.
The Cricket is also environmentally friendly, but more for what it doesn’t have than what it does. Finney didn’t pour years of expensive/intensive research and development into lightweight plastic and futuristic ceramics. It is made mostly of aluminum, wood and steel, which can be recycled. Every angle and corner is used, and the size sits exactly at the point where you don’t need a giant beauty-of-the-outdoors-negating SUV with enormous pulling power, but once it’s hitched, there’s no complicated propping up or assembly required to make it usable. It is small enough to tow by most cars, but you can still walk straight into it to dry off after a quick jump in a roadside swimming hole.
All photos were taken by David Bates and came via Cricket Trailer.