MIND THE GAP – TFL TEAMS UP WITH FIRED EARTH

Ignore the mice scurrying along the tracks, your snot turning black thanks to sooty blasts of filthy air, the nose-to-armpit-rush-hour-squeeze, the excessive ticket prices and the unbearable all-year-round heat; The London Underground has some of the most beautiful wall tiles in the world, which make any journey beneath the city much more bearable…

From classic signs such as  ’PICCADILLY CIRCUS’, ‘THE WAY OUT’ and ‘MIND THE GAP’ to ornate Edwardian dado borders and colourful ‘metro’ rectangular tiles inspired by Kennington station, the new ‘Underground 150′ collection of wall tiles features some stunning designs – the results of a new collaboration between Fired Earth and Transport For London to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground. They’ve been made using the original moulds in Shropshire, at the same pottery where the original tiles were manufactured back in the day…

…and are available from August.

 

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2 Responses to MIND THE GAP – TFL TEAMS UP WITH FIRED EARTH

  1. Sophie James says:

    Beautiful and makes me very homesick. Not so much the black snot, but the sense of finding these gems in the most unlikely-seeming places. I do like the hot rush of wind that comes with each oncoming train – I seem to remember the Piccadilly Line being a particularly good source of interesting tiles. I do wish they had toilets though – that does seem particularly archaic to me here in LA.

  2. Wow those tiles are fabulous! It’s fantastic that they have survived the modern age to still be appreciated today. Next time i’m on the underground i’ll try to slow down and remember to look around and take in some of the details that can be so easily missed.

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