27 August 2013
Of mice and moquette
Image-makers go Underground to seek inspiration for the outer surfaces of Oyster card holders
Outline Editions, in collaboration with Designjunction, have commissioned ten designers and illustrators – including Noma Bar, Kate Moross and James Joyce – to decorate some limited-edition Oyster card* holders in celebration of the 150th anniversary year of London Underground (whose first journey was in January 1863).
Oyster card holder by James Joyce. Above: details of holders by Noma Bar (top) and Andreas Neophytou.
Kate Moross’s design evokes the moquette fabric used for underground upholstery, while James Joyce’s chromatic design is reminiscent of tube station wall tiles.
There will be an exhibition of the artwork during the London Design Festival, from 19-22 September 2013 at the Sorting Office, 21-23 New Oxford St., London WC1A 1AP. Free tickets are available via Eventbrite.
The card holders will be on sale at Designjunction and on the Tfl (Transport for London) online shop for £6.99 or £55 for the set of ten.
Kristjana S. Williams.
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