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Friday, September 17, 2010

Moquette for London - Design Evening

If you've ever wanted to learn more about the history of London Underground's iconic upholstery (moquette),
London Transport Museum are running an evening of talks and a "make & take workshop" on Wednesday 22nd September 2010.

Moquette by londonstuff
Moquette by londonstuff

London Underground's Design & Heritage Manager Mike Ashworth will look at why London still uses woollen fabric's (almost unique in the subway world) and how this fits into TfL's corporate identity.

You'll also hear from Wallace & Sewell the design duo who created the brand new moquette (pictured above) which will be on used on refurbished Central Line trains from 2011, and other new trains. They will discuss the challenge of designing within very tight parameters - 4 colours - exact repeat size - then working with a mill to translate the design into fabric.

New Barman London Underground Moquette

If you look closely into the new design (known officially as Barman) you can see a Londony skyline with the London Eye.

The evening will also include exclusive tours of the Museum's Design for Travel gallery. You can finish off the night with a moquette themed make-and-take workshop with The Make Lounge where you'll be able to design and decorate a set of two moquette patterned drinking glasses.

Tickets are £18 adults; £15 Students; £12.50 Friends / TfL staff / concessions and the event starts from 6.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets for this event are limited and can be reserved in advance, so call 020 7565 7298 to book your tickets now.


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