Posted in Products on 20 April, 2020

Following on from the success of their first collaboration with Transport for London (TfL) in 2013, Kirkby Design has created Underground Vol.II, a distinct collection of upholstery velvets and readymade cushions derived from original, iconic designs historically used across the TfL network.

Translating British heritage into a contemporary moment, Underground Vol.II features a carefully considered curation of seven distinct designs, originating from individual London transport lines. Readapted as luxury upholstery velvets and playing with scale, texture and colour, these sophisticated geometrics are presented in an entirely modern, trend driven palette. With designs ranging from the 1930s to present day, Underground Vol.II taps into the rich design history of TfL, vividly commemorating an iconic aspect of London’s design identity.

“London Underground is an iconic symbol of British culture. To be involved in its rich design history is very exciting for us. We are very proud to be part of TfL’s design heritage and bring this to a wider audience,” said Jordan Mould, Creative Director at Kirkby Design.

“The London Underground is recognised around the world as a design icon and throughout its history has set many trends when it comes to architecture and design. This renewed partnership with Kirkby showcases patterns inspired by our historic and much loved moquette designs, which will hopefully fill the gap in any front room or social space,” said Julie Dixon, Head of Customer Information, Design & Partnerships at TfL.


This geometric moquette was widely used on surface and tube stock during the 1960s and 1970s and could be seen on the Metropolitan and Northern Lines up until their refurbishment.


CENTRAL est. 1940s

This moquette was designed by prolific designer Enid Marx circa 1938 and soon after used to re-upholster seats on over ground transport links, as well as on tube trains that operated on the Piccadilly and Central underground lines.


PICCADILLY est. 1990s

This intricate, geometric moquette design was introduced on the Piccadilly Line in 1994 as part of a refurbishment of tube trains from the 1970s which were serving at the time.


NORTHERN est. 1960s

Designed circa 1965 by leading British textile designer, Marianne Straub, this moquette was widely used between the 1970s and 1980s on the Northern, Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines and on London Transport buses.


HAMMERSMITH est. 2000s

Originally manufactured circa 2011, this moquette design is currently still in use on the District, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City Lines.


PULLMAN est. 1930s

Originally introduced on London County Council trams during the 1930s, this design was one of the first used when upholstered seats replaced wooden or leather seats.


BAKERLOO est. 1960s

This geometric moquette design was used in large quantities in the 1960s for the refurbishment of sub-surface and tube stock trains originally built in the late 1930s to the late 1940s.

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