London Transport Canteen at designjunction 2012
Transport for London (TfL) launched its first London Transport Canteen restaurant during the London Design Festival in September 2012 at designjunction, one of the festival’s key venues. This was the first of an ongoing collaboration with restaurant chain Canteen to create a unique restaurant celebrating the London Transport Canteen tradition. Canteen specialise in traditional Great British food and prepared a menu inspired by some of the original 1950s London Transport Canteen recipes served up in a contemporary setting. The Canteen was designed by Michael Sodeau who took his inspiration from TfL’s historic design collection and the functional spaces of the original canteens. The space featured furniture by Modus and Very Good & Proper, original ceramic tiles by Craven Dunnill Jackfield, archive canteen photographs produced as large scale wallpaper by Printed Space and moquette seating fabric used on the Underground.
A range of original Underground ceramic tiles will be available from Fired Earth along with a range of original Underground moquette seating designs, which have been reinterpreted and reproduced in a range of new materials and colours by Kirkby Design, the Romo Group. Both new collections will be launched at designjunction in September 2013 as part of the London Design Festival.
Great British Food
Canteen’s mission is to raise the standard of British food on the high street, and it does so by serving high volume but at high quality, because it never compromises on its ingredients sourced from around the British Isles. Canteen works directly with some of the UK’s best food producers. All its meat is ethically sourced, its fish is supplied from day boats on the South Coast and everything is made fresh in the Canteen kitchens, including all jams, chutneys, cakes and ice-creams.
Very Good and Proper
Great British Design
Canteen is celebrated not only for its all day menu but also for its progressive approach to design. The restaurant group designs and produces its own furniture, through British design studio Very Good &Proper. The‘ Canteen Utility Chair’ is hugely popular, and is found in each Canteen restaurant, its design and style now instantly recognisable and sold through leading international design retailers.
Modus is an award-winning British furniture manufacturer dedicated to producing the very best in contemporary international design. The company works with both internationally acclaimed designers and emerging young talent to produce high quality, covetable pieces for both domestic and contract use.
Michael Sodeau is a British designer who studied at Central St Martins Design College and was a founding partner in Inflate. Michael set up his own design studio Michael Sodeau Partnership in 1997, designing for MSP his own production company. As well as designing for Modus, Michael has designed for several other manufacturers that include Abet, Asplund, Bute, Christopher Farr, E&Y, Gervasoni, Gordon Russell, Isokon Plus, Livit, SCP and Wedgwood. Michael Sodeau has exhibited internationally and has had solo shows in London, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo. He also has designs in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Black Dog Published a book on Michael Sodeau entitled 'Once upon a line'.
Craven Dunnill Jackfield
Craven Dunnill Jackfield has been producing handmade tiles for over 130 years and is situation on the exact site of the original Victoria Factory alongside a heritage tile museum. The company has worked on numerous restoration projects including the Underground Heritage stations. The tiles used in the pop up London Transport Canteen are heritage tiles used in Farringdon Underground station.
Printed space offer bespoke printing solutions for any interior design project and created bespoke wall designs of original London Transport Canteen images from the historic TfL photographic archives.