Transport for London today unveils new textile designs for seating on trains and trams, created by textile design duo Wallace Sewell.
The seat pattern in two colourways, entitled Designs for London, will be applied to trains on the London Overground and the Croydon Tramlink. It will also feature on giftware items to be sold in the London Transport Museum shop.
TfL briefed Wallace Sewell to create two patterns containing just four colours each, based on the visual identities of the Overground and tram lines.
‘We tried to confuse the eye, so that there seems to be more colour in the work, creating designs that seem random through repetition, almost like a flowerbed or landscape effect,’ says Wallace Sewell co-founder Harriet Wallace-Jones.
‘We have always loved the design archives of London’s transport system, such as the original 1930s London Transport moquette designs by Marianne Staub,’ adds her fellow co-founder Emma Sewell
The designs were unveiled this morning at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, London WC2, and will be applied to trams in September and trains next year.