Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Luggage and transport themes can send any room on a journey

Stow away: From £150 to £250, These beautifully proportioned shelves once worked hard on the London Underground, stashing commuters’ coats, bags and brollies. Now they can do the same in your home. They come in three sizes
A lot of hot air: £55, Why stick to real modes of transport? The She Rides Above It cushion depicts a surreal scene of cycles, balloons and vintage stylings
Trunk call: From £70, This vintage luggage trunk provides storage with a story – and you can use it for sitting or balancing things on. Each is a one-off; choose from leather, metal or wood
Guiding light: £42,, Illuminate your path in more ways than one with this lampshade fashioned from a vintage map. Each one is hand made to order by the designer Rosie
Sea you later: £75, DegreeArt sells work by graduates from the UK’s leading art schools. ‘Bigger Boat’, by Mengsel Design, is screen-printed on to A3 paper
Boom or bussed: £17.98 per metre, The Japanese fabric company, Kokka, is a bit of a cult institution. Create quirky cushions or curtains with this colourful bus print
You spin me right round: £89, This clock – made from a propeller – builds on the First World War tradition where pilots would commandeer this part of their wrecked plane as a souvenir

Whether you're a frequent flier or an armchair adventurer, a travel-inspired interior will not only remind you of past journeys and inspire future jaunts, it will also make the comforts of home feel a little more exciting.

It can be about reappropriating vintage travel-related objects. Think vintage leather suitcases turned into drawers (done particularly beautifully, though expensively, as they are made to order by; old wooden luggage chests (see above) as coffee tables or blanket boxes; or well-worn wooden paddles simply propped decoratively against a wall ( currently has a gorgeous selection, if you're feeling flush).

Alternatively, the theme simply can be about celebrating the pleasing forms of things that run on wheels, rudders, propellers – or even hot air, in the form of travel-inspired artwork, textiles and accessories. And, often, the best-looking examples hark back to an age when transport design was less about speed and more about style.

A perfect example comes from the London Transport Museum, which this week launched a set of limited-edition curved-aluminium luggage racks from its decommissioned 1960s' Metropolitan Line trains. Along with more about those, here is our pick of beautiful, yet affordable, travel-themed homewares to capture the excitement of setting off on a journey – even if you're going no further than your sofa.


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