Transport for London today launches a range of furniture upholstered in its iconic public transport fabrics, what it claims is a first for a museum.
Mopping up waste from the Tramlink and Overground projects was a main driver to the range’s creation, says TfL head of trading Michael Walton.
He expects the products, which employ TfL fabric used for seating on buses, tubes, trains and trams, will do well in the home and hotel markets.
Fabric left over from the furniture pieces will be used by handbag designer Matt Fothergill to create bags, doorstops and other small items. TfL brought Fothergill on board the project after he created a bag to celebrate the launch of the new London Transport Museum shop last year.
Classic woollen moquette fabric designs from the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s are to go back into production at a mill firm in Yorkshire.
The range will also use off-cuts from the new Overground and Tramlink fabrics designed this year by Wallace Sewell.
The range of about 25 products, priced between £125 and £995, has been designed by Pavilion Rattan. The home and contract furnishings company was appointed two years ago, following a series of meetings with Walton.
All items are available to order over a new website, designed by Nottingham-based digital group Internova in collaboration with TfL’s inhouse design team.
For more information, visit www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk.