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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Four Ways: Original London Underground Luggage Racks

Styled by Poppy Norton
Many of my overseas friends speak of how charming travelling on 'The Tube' in London is (commuting on it with the mice isn't quite so charming, but let's gloss of that!) so I think they are going to love these luggage racks that go on sale from February at the London Transport Museum. The original 1960's luggage racks are from Metropolitan Line trains (the purple line) which have now been decommissioned to make way for new trains. So, this is the perfect opportunity to own a piece of original London history instead of those terrible tee-shirts sold in stalls all the way down Oxford St. (Know the ones? Yeah, kinda bad, huh?!) The racks have been cleaned and adapted for use around the home, shown here in four of my favourite ways. It's fun to think that these racks have been carrying briefcases, shopping bags, suitcases, coats and who knows what else for almost 50 years! Perhaps it's time they helped add some London style to your home? Which way would you use the luggage racks?

28 comments:

  1. Love it. I'll take some for the kitchen.

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  2. These are brilliant! I love all the ways they can be reused. I'd opt for using them in my kitchen to create some extra functional space.

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  3. Yeah, these would be great in a kitchen.

    I actually have a collection of those naff t shirts from around the world (I don't actually wear them!). I blame my teenage self for starting it on a school trip to London ;)

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  4. I love interior with a story, would love to have the shelf anywhere in my home :-)

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  5. those are great! i wonder what else you could restore from the old trains. hopefully will start some kind of trend to hold on to these wonderful pieces x

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  6. I think they would be great in a mud room!
    pve

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  7. after white, blue is that one colour that makes me say wao =)



    xoxo
    http://sreebindu.blogspot.com/

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  8. Ah these are fantastic! So practical and versatile, as you've shown us!

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  9. These are cool! Think I like the kitchen idea most :)

    Abbey x

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  10. I love the entryway styling with the bowler hat and umbrella, but also very practical in the kitchen...x

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  11. It's a good idea and I like the photos but I wouldn't use it in my home....it's not my style !
    Ciao
    Michela

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  12. These look fantastic and are great for small spaces where you need to save room on floor space. I love this idea for the kitchen, such a fun way to display utensils and other kitchen items xx

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  13. :) I laughed out loud at the 'charming' description! I will have to remember that on my commute home tonight! Apart from the discomfort of commuting, trains really fascinate me so I adore these luggage racks! I also really love the idea of owning a bit of history (and it's so refreshing to think that they are being recycled instead of added to the rubbish pile)!

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  14. Very nifty, i like them used in the kitchen. they actually don't look out ofo place in any if these photos really.

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  15. This is such a great idea. It is great that all these can be reused. And how much fun would it be to ahve some furniture that didn't come flatpacked but had a history. Great initiative from London Traffic.

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  16. How cool! I love the kitchen idea and the kids playroom idea the most.

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  17. agh! love them! more stuff for me to buy from home! It never ends!!!!

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  18. Love the London Transport Museum! Great shelfy tips, Will!

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    1. Isn't it great? The store that accompanies the museum gets more tempting each time I go inside!

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  19. I like the look of shelf number 2. Looks so cute with the umbrella hanging underneith and the bowler hat. I could definitely see hanging this in the foyer.

    :)
    mikky
    www.todaloos.com

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  20. can we pick all four? office has got to be my fav.

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  21. Wow Will!! I pinned the image n.1 just last night. I love it very very much...
    hugs
    vale

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  22. easy one - the kitchen most definitely

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  23. Cant believe you can buy these - that is v cool! I agree they would be lovely in an office! xo

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  24. Great blog so full of color!
    I follow
    www.tatianadoria.blogspot.com

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  25. The second one gets my pick! Those chairs are fabulous!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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