Sightseeing on the Tube

Who knew you could see London Attractions Underground?

Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell formed Wallace Sewell’s in 1990 and now supply over 200 stockists in 20 countries. Their colourful geometric patterns are seen on everything from scarves and cushions to Transport for London moquettes, famously seen on the London Underground Tubes, unveiled in 2011. Moquettes are a type of woven fabric which has a distinctive velvet-like feel and is particularly durable and includes anti-stain benefits, ideally suited for use on public transport.

Wallace and Sewell explained that when designing the moquettes, they “tried to capture the simplicity and boldness of the classic mid-century designs, whilst giving them an extra complexity.” When creating the pattern for the underground tube seats they incorporated various abstracted London landmarks in the design, which can be seen in the image below. The landmarks were turned into abstract shapes such as circles, triangles and squares allowing viewers to interpret the design in their own way. In our interpretation The London Eye stands out on the design through the use of a bright red coloured circle in comparison with the predominantly contrasting blue pattern.

Unfortunately the last concern of the regular tube user would be to look at the design of the seats they’re battling to get sat down on. However after a few moments of studying the pattern you start to pick out the famous landmarks the design has been fashioned on, and you realise it is very appropriate for the tube, which can be called an attraction on its own by excitable tourists.

How many landmarks can you see?