Over the last couple of decades, camping has become even more popular. From oversized RVs to ultralight one-man tents, there’s something for everyone in the great outdoors. Few people know that recreational camping’s popularity owes to Henry Ford’s own outdoor excursions, taken with friends such as Thomas Edison and a real estate agent named Edward Kingsford. These trips not only served to popularize camping among the wealthy, they also led to the creation of charcoal briquettes. Selling grills and charcoal directly through his dealerships, Ford neatly packaged the concept of camping, and forever tied it to the freedom he offered with his automobiles.
By the 1950s, Americans couldn’t get enough of the outdoors, even if they liked to take a little bit of home with them. The Markies trailer certainly continues that tradition, even if it was designed half a world away.
Created by Dutch designer Eduard Bohtlingk in 1985, the Markies camper masquerades as an unassuming box. When the sides come down, it’s soon apparent that this is no ordinary trailer.
Vinyl awnings and clever, collapsible furniture allow this camper to expand into a comfortable, fashionable home away from home.
The awnings can be raised or lowered, depending on the weather.
You can even sleep under the stars on a clear night.
With four beds, a removable divider allows for a little privacy while sleeping.
The modern conveniences continue into the kitchenette, complete with cappuccino machine.
Everything is carefully designed to maximize features and minimize space.
This results in some unusual appliances, such as this sink/stovetop combo.