London Underground fabric competition
There are very few redeeming factors involved in commuting, regardless of what city you live in or mode of transport you happen to take. Frequenters of the London Underground would go as far as to say theirs might rival the very worst in terms of conditions and reliability. But the same canï¿½t be said for design, as anyone with even the scantest knowledge of its history will testify to.
From the seminal sans serif font and roundel logos by Edward Johnston to Charles Holdenï¿½s station architecture, Harry Beckï¿½s map and Paul Nashï¿½s fabric, the tube is a wealth of historic, carefully considered design elements whose only sadness is the lack of appreciation they receive by the greater good who trudge past them twice a day.
For inspiration see some of the seminal fabric designs from the London Underground archive
Showing their continued commitment to keeping the design up to scratch, if not always the service, the London Underground is holding a competition to design a new fabric for upholstering the seating, known as ï¿½moquetteï¿½. The brief is specific and much the same as it was back in 1930 when the first fabric was commissioned: the colours should respond well to natural and artificial light (thereï¿½s even a pantone reference wheel allocating percentage allowances), the pattern must wear and tear well and the fabric must be comfortable and durable. This might sound fairly restrictive but entrants are also encouraged to challenge convention where possible, being mindful not to create a repeat pattern thatï¿½s too small to ï¿½dazzleï¿½ the 3.5 million commuters who will see it each day.