Furniture Maker Creates Vintage Teardrops
Several years ago, a friend told Minneapolis furniture designer Bert Taylor he should look up “teardrop campers” on the Internet.
It changed his life.
“This was a scale I could work with,” Taylor, 63, said. “These were basically the size of large pieces of furniture.”
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that today, Taylor and a small staff build sleek, compact, retro-style camper trailers from a workshop in Minneapolis’ warehouse district.
His 3-year-old enterprise, Vistabule, is modest but growing; he built 12 campers last year and this year, his goal is 36.
Vistabule is a portmanteau word combining vista — drawn from the signature gaping window that affords its occupants ample views — and vestibule, suggestive of the cozy confines of the 5-foot-by-10-foot trailers.
“I wanted to take the cave on wheels and turn it into an observatory on wheels,” he told the while showing a reporter around his workshop.
The place smells of a woodworking shop — sawdust from the blonde-hued Baltic birch that forms the interior paneling of the campers. The workforce on this day consists of his brother Dave, 67, and friend and partner Don Grandbois, 77. The average age is reduced by Bert Taylor’s daughter Lilly, 26, who works the computer.
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