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Design has never shared the same rapid evolution in the caravan industry as it does in the car world. Do we not expect the same creative and cutting edge concepts from caravan manufacturers?

Perhaps aesthetics aren’t valued by consumers, and so morning meetings for the development of a manufacturer’s latest model is focused around washable sofa covers or the number of on-board storage compartments. Looking at caravans over the years, you could be forgiven for thinking that functionality has dominated design to such an extent, that it’s been forgotten. However, times may be about to change.

A new generation of caravaners who are younger and more design savvy are on the horizon. Those who are fond of caravanning, but not too thrilled about spending time inside a brown toaster, might want check out this design by Czech student Jakub Novak.

Novak calls it the Odorico Pordenone, named after Italian medieval traveler Odoric of Pordenone. This expandable caravan is nothing less than cutting edge.

Although the design gained Novak the Czech National Award for Student Design, it’s still just a concept. But it’s more than just a fancy artistic concept. Solid engineering backs the mechanics of the expandable caravan and there is a fine balance between style and function. Looking at the design we find that there’s an inclination towards modernity and minimalistic appearance. When the caravan is parked, you can easily turn a crank within that causes the wings of the mobile home to open up. Besides revealing a large window that will allow you to enjoy the scenery outside, the mechanism transforms the cabin space between a living room and kitchen to a spacious bedroom. Novak’s concept evolves the current design principle of a caravan, transforming restricted space for a particular use, at a given time.

White dominates the interior, the exception being the light-green upholstery, black window panels and inner wall panels. The space also has modern fixtures and fittings that double up as multi-purpose spaces: up to four people can use the bed, although it’s meant for two. The designer has also suggested material specifications to ensure user comfort via efficient heat exchange and temperature management, addressing any environmental issues.

If it gets the required interest and investment, we might see one of these on the road, but would you buy it?