In light of our upcoming collaboration with Transport for London on their latest exhibition ‘Designology: Weaving Futures’, we thought we would give you a sneak peek into part of our research process and visit to the exhibition.

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The rapid evolution of transport in recent history, has made design and innovation key to shaping user experience.  TFL is a specifically and carefully constructed network which has been evolving since the late 18th century. The bus, underground and over-ground networks which Londoners rely so heavily upon, not only determine the way in which users navigate the city, but also London’s overall infrastructure.

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With millions of journeys being made daily, the interior of public transport must be comfortable, durable and visually appealing. ‘Moquette’ is the term used to describe the iconic woollen fabrics used on most London’s public transport modes since the 1920’s. Similar to Gainsborough, TFL holds an extensive archive of these colourful geometric fabrics, some of which are specific to the various tube lines on the underground.

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From the 13th – 17th December, Gainsborough will be a designing resident in the ‘Designology’: Weaving Futures Studio, interpreting an innovative brief which seeks to combine data and transport. Be sure to pop down, say hello and see the state of the art TC2 Jacquard Looms in action!