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Commission

Transport for London - Cross Rail

cross rail

About

Wallace Sewell were invited to design the seating fabric for the new Cross Rail (Elizabeth Line), which opens in late 2019.  Designing for the public realm brings a new set of challenges and parameters, creating a fabric that is both low maintenance, and also fits effortlessly into its environment.  The Cross Rail design is woven using only a handful of coloured yarns, yet the way they are interwoven, creates many more tones and hues.  The seating is made from a highly durable specialised woven fabric velveteen called moquette. 

Harriet says on designing for transport:
“Something like a transport fabric, you should be able to sit on it and it just works. It’s utilitarian and in some ways you shouldn’t even notice it,”