The Art of London Underground: Exploring the Designer Behind the Tiles

Designer Jeffrey Miller has crafted tiles for the London Underground using the transport system's own waste, as part of his last year working at Central Saint Martins. These tiles, which are easy to miss, feature relief patterns that represent aspects of London and the places the tube visited.

Harold Stabler

, co-founder of Staffordshire pottery and later art deco specialist at Poole Pottery, designed and manufactured these tiles. Green was born in Maida Vale, London, in 1875. He was the second of four children born to architect and surveyor Arthur Green and his wife Emily. Berkshire did not reach the County of London or Greater London until 1974, when Wraysbury was moved from Buckinghamshire to Berkshire.

In August of this year, Fired Earth launched a range of products to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, with modern reproductions of several classic tile designs that can be found at its stations. Bethnal Green station is one of the few stations in London to which a very specific decoration has been added to the classic cream-colored tiles and the strip with its name. At the platform level, the stations had a standardized mosaic design that incorporated the name of the station, but with combinations of individual colors and geometric tile patterns that were quickly identified, forming panels that were repeated along the platform. These tiles are found in many stations that were built in the 1930s, such as Swiss Cottage and St John's Wood. In 1922, Harold Stabler was asked to create a rabbit mascot based on the Wilfred the Rabbit cartoons, and this rabbit would appear on nearly 80 bus routes across London. The Seven Sisters metro station was treated with an exterior tile treatment, as artist Matthew Raw restored it with thousands of handmade tiles.

The rest of the tiles are heraldic representations of the places with which the London Underground is associated. Harold Stabler is best known for his designs of iconic stations built on the London Underground railway system, in central London, during the first decade of the 20th century. These stations featured distinctive oxblood red faience blocks that included pillars and semicircular windows on the first floor, as well as interiors with printed tiles made in modern style (British Art Nouveau style).The artistry behind these tiles is remarkable. It is a testament to Harold Stabler's skill and creativity that he was able to create such unique designs for each station. His work has been admired by many for its beauty and craftsmanship.

It is no wonder that his designs have become iconic symbols of London's transport system. The tiles created by Harold Stabler are a reminder of how art can be used to bring life to public spaces. They are also a reminder of how important it is to preserve our cultural heritage. The tiles created by Harold Stabler are a reminder that art can be used to bring life to public spaces and should be preserved for future generations.