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The Design of the Paris Metro

The Paris metro was born with the same furor as the Eiffel Tower, right on time for the World Expo at the turn of the 20th century. Over the past few months, I've spent nearly an hour everyday intimately getting to know the system that gave the world the word 'Métro'—and after a bit of design history digging, I found that there was so much more, as always, beneath the surface.

No, this is not sign celebrating All Hallow's Eve. The Paris metro entrances were designed in 1900 by architect Hector Guimard, who festooned them with cast iron gates and a distinctive Art Nouveau lettering -- which at first may appear to be melting, but are in fact flora-inspired. Photo courtesy of mr_t_in_dc

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