Wednesday, 20 October 2010

STANDING ROOM ONLY

Passing the London Transport Museum shop in Covent Garden the other day, I discovered - somewhat to my surprise - that it is possible to purchase furniture upholstered in moquette fabric featuring the patterns used on London's buses and underground trains...

London Transport upholstery

The question is why one would want to sit on a sofa that made you feel you were still on the tube, but to each his own and I suppose the experience could be further enhanced with a few lager cans, a bag of half-eaten KFC, a not-quite-empty Macdonald's milkshake container and a scattering of day-old Metros.

Then invite a large crowd of tired, cross and sweaty strangers in for the evening and your sitting room could become a standing room only!

Perfect!



You'll find details of the LTM Furniture Collection here.

5 comments:

Suzanne said...

You forgot scratchy! Actually, living in Belgium, I heard about this some time ago - I think there was a thing on the news or some other BBC programme!
nethersa: the sensation one gets from sitting on said material

SharonM said...

Do they also sell a recording of someone saying 'Mind the Gap'?

selinde2 said...

Well, it would certainly be hard-wearing. And if you happened to spill half a Supreme Pizza, nobody would ever know...

Brian Sibley said...

Good comments, folks! It also suggests to me that to complete the experience one might need to introduce appropriate hazards such as chewing-gum and even insect life...

I knew of someone who got a flea-bite while riding on the underground and wrote to complain. A letter of apology duly came back from London Transport to which her original letter of complaint was inadvertently attached and on which someone at LT had scribbled: "Send standard flea letter".

Stephen Gallagher said...

Jeez... is that what it looks like when it's clean? In which case, you can kind of see the point.