We are launching a new, licensed collection at 2016's designunction (an event which is part of the London Design Festival) to celebrate the theme of Metroland and the part we've played in the expansion of suburban London over the years.
This year's stand will feature a funfair installation designed by the studio LORIS&LIVIA showcasing new products (and prizes), and new licensed collections from Made.com and Vallila.
Design Junction runs from 22-25 September 2016 as part of the London Design Festival
Find out more about the event and registration at designjunction.
Made.com has been inspired by our archives to create a unique collection of furniture, lighting and accessories. The collection is a modern interpretation of the prints which have become synonymous with our transport system, from lighting and seating to fixtures and fittings.
Kirkby Design has created new versions of its Piccadilly textile design exclusively for Made.com. The design was originally inspired by the woven moquette seating which was introduced to Piccadilly line interiors when the line was refurbished in 1997.
LORIS&LIVIA are launching Wonderground, a collection of pan mats and coasters made from rubber train flooring. Bringing Underground sparkles to overground life, there are three colourways: Piccadilly, Victoria and Wonder. The funfair installation is supported by Tiflex Ltd
Finnish brand Vallila have created several prints depicting scenes from the capital: London buses in the landscape of urban city life and vintage-style portraits of Baker Street Underground station. Vallila has also created the Linja (The Lines) range, inspired by the Underground map. This range of bold, colourful textiles will be available by the metre or as tea towels, cushions and tote bags from the London Transport Museum.
With an ever expanding population at the beginning of the 20th Century, London Transport and its predecessors became increasingly involved in the development of new housing stock. Many were tempted away from the overcrowded conditions of the city to the green gardens and clean air of the suburbs.
Dubbed 'Metro-land' because of the Metropolitan Railway trains which served the areas, it was an idyllic fantasy to Londoners: Wembley Park, Neasden, Pinner, Rayners Lane, Rickmansworth, Ruislip and Amersham were all developed by the company's property division, Country Estates, which was established in 1919. Based on the Garden City suburb models, the new Metro-land suburbs offered Mock- Tudor-style detached family homes with separate bedrooms, living rooms, fixed bathrooms and gardens.
The birth of the commuter went hand-in-hand with the rise of suburban home ownership. Many first time city dwellers took the opportunity to get their own piece of rural paradise for just £700 (£36,000 today).