Metro trip for Design Triangle

Travellers on the Paris Metro could, in the future, find themselves seated in rolling stock interiors designed by Design Triangle.

The Cambridge design group has been declared runner-up in a paid pitch to design the interiors for the MF2000 project for RATP, the Paris Metro operator (Futures, DW 10 October).

The contract, scheduled to be under way by 200l, involves work on 300 new Metro trains. It was won by a Parisian design group, Avant Premier, which has already worked for RATP.

Over 50 companies originally pitched for the project and a shortlist of five was selected, including Giugiaro of Turin and French design group, MBD. As second ranked of the five, Design Triangle will have some long-term involvement in the project.

Design Triangle’s concepts for saloon interior, cab exterior and livery were created in consultation with environmental psychologists at Cambridge University and lighting experts at Thorn Lighting, Enfield.

The proposed layout includes separate zones for mobile phone users. Indirect lighting was chosen to increase the sensation of warmth and safety.

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