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Monday, August 22, 2005

London Underground Upholstery

Moquette we love it

Some of you will look at the cushions below and think, "How cool!", some will think "How sad!", some will simply think "How??"

London Underground cushions from a monkey made me do it's blog - Picture sent to me by Jon Justice


But the London Underground know that they can make a mint from our love of all things tube, so not content with just upholstering the Tube seats with some eye-boggling designs, the moquette, as London Underground upholstery is called - now adorns a whole variety of consumer goods from the cushions above to dog coats

London Underground dog coats


and lightshades

Moquette lightshades


and Ironing board covers

London Underground Ironing Board covers


(Thanks to Will for the best & funniest "definition" of moquette that I've seen. For the London Underground's historical background of these "aesthetically pleasing materials" see here)

We even wax lyrical about when new seat designs come out on the Tube. See James Cridland's comments on the new Piccadilly Line seat designs in his flickr post - "Presumably, they're darker so they don't show the poo stains as quickly.."

From James Cridland


However my personal "favourites" are the ones seen on the Circle and Hammersmith and City Line, which I think are deliberately designed so hideously so that pigeon droppings and general vomit from drunks doesn't show up on them.

Drunk at High Street Kensington station


Pigeon on Tube seat at Hammersmith


And that's not a photo-shopped picture, the pigeon was really on the seat!


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