Interiors Need Flair as Well as Function

An increasingly functional approach to interior design has been adopted by the rail industry in recent years. The author, a stylist and designer, asks what passenger operators could learn from other transportation modes and sees welcome signs of change. Designers are facing significant challenges. One example is the design of commuter trains, some of which travel considerable distances to link the edges of the urban areas they serve with their centers. Balance must be achieved between areas for sitting and standing. Rail interior designers can borrow from other transportation sectors, such as aviation and maritime; infuse emotion, rather than pure function, into design; incorporate lighting into design; and explore a lounge effect into design.


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  • Accession Number: 01146522
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 16 2009 5:19PM