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Usually worn and dirty, the highly patterned upholstery fabric used by Transport for London in its underground train carriages was specifically designed to be long-lasting and to camouflage dirt and other wear and tear as much as possible. This utilitarian item has now been given an overhaul and a long overdue acknowledgement of its pure aesthetic quality.

Textile brand Kirkby Design and Transport for London have collaborated on an upholstered furniture collection using seven heritage moquette designs in their signature geometric patterns. Called the Underground Vol. II collection, Kirkby’s creative director Jordan Mould scoured Transport for London's archives, and drew upon several designs from the 1930s through to the present day and adapted their scale and colour with pretty impressive results.

The chosen designs have been featured on a number of underground lines including the Northern, Hammersmith, Central, Metropolitan, Bakerloo, and Piccadilly lines, as well as one design known as the Pullman which was first seen on London's trams in the 1930s.

The Underground Vol. II collection was launched at 100% Design as part of the annual London Design Festival which ran from 18 to 21 September, 2019.


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