Parked out front: The first working prototype of the Cricket Trailer, fashioned by International Space Station furniture designer, architect, and sometime blacksmith Garrett Finney. It’s now ready for the road! Or at least some test driving. Spotted recently tooling down Studewood, the lightweight, fits-in-your-garage camping vehicle is street legal, sporting a VIN, license plate (apparently a police officer had to come by to make sure the thing was legit), and an official Texas inspection sticker from the Kwik Kar Lube & Tune on 11th St. in the Heights.
After testing a full-scale cardboard-and-wood-frame mockup and several smaller models, Finney assembled the pop-top prototype from a custom-built frame, composite panels, and high-tech fabrics in his Woodland Heights studio. Finney, who calls his design firm Faro Studio, is aiming for a trailer light enough to be pulled by a standard 4-cylinder car.
How does the Cricket look when it’s opened up?
The prototype’s interior isn’t exactly cushy, but that’s the idea. Finney hopes it’ll prove useful for 2-to-4-person outdoor adventures. The former NASA designer told mobile-architecture blog Squob last year that he considered the Cricket â€œmuch less an RV and more a piece of outdoor equipment. . . . Itâ€™s made for comfortable camping and isnâ€™t a house on wheels.”
- Cricket Trailer [Faro Studio, via Randy Twaddle]
- Cricket Trailer [Facebook]
- Faro Studio
- Faro Cricket: inner space [Squob]
- Making some connections [Houston Chronicle]
Photos: Faro Studio