Article from Caravan Industry News.
Jen Mifsud reveals how the Queenslander inspired the inaugural On The Move Vortex Black Edition’s interior.
When you step into the inaugural On The Move Vortex Black Edition don’t be surprised if it pulls at the heartstrings. The interiors, after all, tribute an architecture style that was popular in Australia’s tropics in the 1920s and again during the Post War period.
You can thank On The Move co- owner Jennifer Mifsud for that rush of nostalgia, the designer responsible for its interior.
So what is the Hamptons?
“The Hamptons style [popularised in ‘The Queenslander’ here has many features to make it so appealing,” explains Jen.
A cool, light palette, painted timber trimmings, gabled roofs and ornate fittings define the style; introducing it into a caravan required planning.
“Seeing that I have to take into consideration weights, when designing a caravan I was only able to take main features to incorporate the look I was after.
“The main element is the cabinetry otherwise known as ‘shaker doors’ and the farmhouse sink.”
Combining the Old and New
Jen used modern comforts to complement the styling.
“The concealed TV and block-out windows heighten the VJ panelling design on the walls. It gives the whole van a sense of harmonious balance.”
While the slide-out also provided the necessary space.
“Without the slide I feel the caravan would feel cramped and the elements of the Hampton style would have been lost in the space.”
Function is at the OTM Vortex Black Edition’s core.
“When designing such a luxurious caravan the style is just one factor. This van has been thought-out and every detail has been incorporated. With just a touch of a button this van does all the hard work for you.” And it was a real collaborative effort.
“Realistically, this caravan is just an example of both Lennie and my professional experiences. The caravan industry is so competitive we just wanted to showcase our talents.”
Bringing it all together
In conversation with Robby Nethercorte, Lennie and Jennifer Mifsud demonstrate how their individual contributions seamlessly come together in this premium On The Move design.
“I like the electronics, I like the whizz bang stuff,” Lennie reveals. Indeed, Lennie’s tinkering resulted in a van that levels and uncouples at a push of a button, and will even manage waste at the dump point for you hands-free!