Whether you're an Americana collector, a trailer junkie, or just a design aficionado, here's an auction for you: Project H's infamous Design Revolution Road Show Airstream trailer is up for auction on eBay! The hard-to-miss silver bullet rig just finished its 9,500-mile, 36-city trek across the country promoting humanitarian product design with an exhibition, lecture series, and workshops, and will now go to the highest bidder. The 1972 27-foot-long travel trailer comes fully equipped with its bright pink stripe and 30 of the 40 products featured in the exhibition, with a refurbished interior open plan and bedroom. Bidding ends June 11th, 8am PDT, delivery available within the continental US.
Project H founder Emily Pilloton says, "The road show was quite an adventure. We want the spirit of it and its content to live on!" While on the road, Emily and her partner Matt Miller (who is the owner of the Airstream) visited 36 cities, design schools, and high schools, and ended the adventure at ICFF in New York earlier this month. Over the course of 75 days, 25,000 people set foot in the trailer to experience the exhibition of humanitarian product design. They even had celebrity cameos from David Byrne, Third Eye Blind frontman Stephen Jenkins, and design heroes like architect Jeanne Gang, Martin Fisher, and more!
From the Design Revolution Road Show website: "The programming will bring the evidence of and tools for design for social impact to the doorsteps of students, with the ultimate goal of enabling and empowering the next generation of creative problem-solvers to apply their skills to the world's most pressing problems and improve life on a global scale."
Contact Matt Miller, project manager for Project H and the Design Revolution Road Show at matt (at) projecthdesign (dot) org for questions about the trailer.
Emily Pilloton is the founder of the nonprofit Project H Design. Since 2008, she has run Project H and worked with young people ages 9-18 to bring the power of design and building to schools and communities. Emily is trained as an architect with degrees from UC Berkeley and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but found that she is physically incapable of working in an office or for a boss and much prefers the creative chaos of a public school classroom filled with tools and welding equipment. Project H Design was born out of the hope that authentic, on-the-ground, face-to-face work with young people could transform what it means to be a design professional, what it means to learn in the 21st century, and what it means to get dirty and physically build solutions for your community.
Specifically, Emily launched 2 Project H programs: Studio H, an in-school design/build curriculum, and Camp H, an after-school and summer building camp for young girls ages 9-13. Exploring the intersection of science, art, math, and community development, Emily has led Project H youth in the design and construction of an award-winning 2,000-square-foot farmers market structure, chicken coops, playgrounds, their own school library, microhomes for the homeless, laser-etched skateboards, and welded steel public sculpture.
Emily believes that by giving youth, particularly girls and students of color, the skills to design and build their wildest ideas, we can support the next generation of creative, confident changemakers. Her ideas and work have made their way to the TED Stage, The Colbert Report, the New York Times, and more. Her work is the subject of the full-length documentary If You Build It. She is the author of two books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, and Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives with Design-Based Education. Emily is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Design at UC Davis.