So I’ve been in the midst of moving back to the UK from Brussels. And let me tell you – moving from another country is hard work. I mean, the admin is mind-blowing (and I work for an organisation that takes care of a lot of it for you), finishing up a job with all the filing taken care of always takes longer than you think, and making sure you see all the wonderful people you’ve met before you go is nigh on impossible (sorry to anyone I’ve missed!). And per-lease do not get me started on the cleaning……!
But now I am back – in my house (which needs SO much decorating), and getting settled, despite the remainder of our things not arriving for another two weeks!
To celebrate my return to the UK – specifically to just outside London – I thought I would share with you the exciting new collaboration between Transport for London and Fired Earth, which has some fantastic ceramic tile and poster designs to bring a bit of British style into your home (no net curtains or fussy carpets required).
The Underground 150 Collection celebrates 150 years of the London Underground, as well as 30 years of the very excellent company Fired Earth, and has resulted in a new stunning range of the most beautiful tiles featured in a number of stations and platforms on the London Underground.
The tiles in the Kennington range are available in three shades (aqua, blue and cream) with matching detailed frieze tiles, and the originals can be seen in Elephant and Castle station if you fancy seeing them in person. The tiles are based on the original 1890 ceramics, previously referred to as ‘glazed bricks’ and for me, the blue tones of the tiles are simply stunning.
The plain blue tile shown in the photo above is striking, but I also really like the detailing on this complementary Kennington Blue Frieze tile, available for £24.98 per tile (size: 7.6×22.8×0.8cm). You would only need a few of these to make a really lovely statement, but boy would it be worth it!
In addition to the traditional tile designs like the ones above, Fired Earth has also taken some of the famous phrases from the Underground and recreated them into iconic typeface signage tiles, including the perennial favourite of any visitor to London, and my personal pick – Mind the Gap. Bespoke phrases are also available on request, but the one below is available for £74.99 per tile (size: 7.6×68.4×0.8cm). I think this would look particularly lovely in my upstairs bathroom….
This range is inspired by art nouveau, and as I’ve been particularly enjoying the art nouveau architecture and interiors that Brussels has to offer, it seems very apt to show off these London based beauties. These tiles were originally incorporated into new stations designed by architect Leslie Green in the early twentieth century, and he developed a uniform arts and crafts style for around 50 station buildings. Many of his tile designs have survived (or have been recreated) in London Underground stations today, and, in fact, the fictional Walford East tube station in the BBC soap Eastenders is inspired by his work! I particularly like the Pomegranate Embankment tile as shown below. It costs £29.99 (size: 15.2×22.8x1cm) and features a nature-inspired design (a key staple of art nouveau) in a sumptuous shade of turquoise.
Last up, Fired Earth have picked 25 of their favourite London Underground posters of the twentieth century and recreated them for you to display at home. Completely affordable at £29.95 per print, I really, really like these (ok fine, so I’m particularly partial to a print at the best of times….) and the designs that have been chosen are really cool. I’ve picked out this one of the Greenwich Observatory to share with you, but the other graphic prints are equally as striking – check out the ones advertising London Zoo, and London Bridge (the bridge across the river) – they’re great!
So there you have it – that’s the new Underground 150 Collection by Fired Earth, in collaboration with Transport for London. I think its rather fabulous and I hope you do too. A bit closer to home than my usual global offerings, but I guess it all depends on where you live and which places you love….
Will you be bringing a bit of the London Underground into your home after seeing this collection? Let me know if you do!
Happy travels and shopping,