Collection by Tiffany Chu

The Design of the Paris Metro

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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.
Three stations today still boast Guimard's fan-shaped glass awnings, called édicules, as shown here at the Abbesses...
Metro Station Saint-Sulpice,...
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The...
With green lighting and red staircases, the Cite metro (which serves Île de la Cité, the island on the Seine where...
The Père-Lachaise metro is right outside the famous cemetery outside bearing the same name, and it was the first...
Paris, métro aérien et pont sur la...
Now, the newer lines are fully automated and have sliding glass doors that separate the platform from the tracks, a la...
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