50's Atomic Revisited

The early 1950s, particularly in the United Kingdom, saw a rise in patterns that were based on some of the exciting scientific discoveries which were taking place in the years immediately following the Second World War.

The new crop of talented artists and designers saw these images produced in newspapers, books and on the newly emerging television service and began to incorporate them into their designs. This was a time of hope and excitement for a new decade which revealed itself in bold, interesting and colourful designs.

In the past I have created my version of those designs but, now I am a little older, it is perhaps time to think about the motif and colours again in order to create surface patterns more suitable for today’s wallpaper and fabric.

For this wallpaper I have taken the idea of an atomic motif and tried to make it less colourful and easy to digest for the way that patterns are now used for wall coverings. The room is a dining room although it could equally be a lounge and the wallpaper motif is shown at quite a large scale which I think benefits the size and scale of the room. The colours are mid-century colours although the whole room is intended to be quiet and relaxing.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Green London Apartment Wallpaper

I was experimenting with different colour wallpaper in the London Apartment I used recently and I was surprised at just how different the flat looked with a darker hue.

You can see the difference that it has made with just a change of wall colour and also, so as to look nice, a change of cushion. Everything else, so far as I am aware, is exactly the same but now the interior has a very different feel.

Once again the colours and the pattern owe a lot to mid-century styles and ideas and, I have to be honest, what struck me this time was how liveable in the apartment looked, as if I could just walk into the picture, pick up the book and sit down!

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

London Apartment Wallpaper

This was a special one-off mid-century style wallpaper that I designed specifically for use in this London apartment set that I had recently created.

The design was intended to look fresh and bright and I created the motif perhaps a little larger than would have been used during mid-century times. The colours, however, are taken from my extended mid-century palette which I think gives the room a period and genuine feel while keeping the whole looking modern.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

1970s Wallpaper No2

Rather unusually for me, I had previously created several wallpaper designs for the 1974 room all of which were similar. The idea was to try various wall coverings and see which one of them looked the best within the room. However, now that I have done this I have become quite attached to two of the designs, one of which I showed yesterday.

This design today is a slightly darker colour in order to provide warmth to the room and it also has a markedly bolder pattern in order to make the design more obvious and thus to make the room more mid-century. The colours, of course, are taken from my extended mid-century palette and the design is very reminiscent of the creations that appeared throughout the mid-century period and were designed for those people who wanted mid-century but without the stronger and more unusual patterns that were beginning to appear.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

1970s Wallpaper

I decided to keep the living room that I had created much as it was and to see how it worked with a slightly better and a slightly different wallpaper design.

Nothing has been changed other than the wallpaper on the back wall although I have changed the way that the wall looks to create just a little more pattern.

The wallpaper itself is a very mid-century design both in its concept and in its use of colours and I think that this creates a much nicer and a much more pleasing modern room.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

1970s sofa chair fabric pattern

I created a new pattern for the fabric shown on the 1970s sofa and chair and this pattern is displayed in the images above in a little more detail.

The 1970s period was full of innovation in patterns, much of which reflected the forward-looking artwork of the day. However, in my view, the patterning on furniture remained less innovative and drew more on classic, mid-century styling. For that reason, I created a pattern which is a simple, mid-century floral.

Have I make the pattern larger, and perhaps bolder than would have been appropriate in the early 1970s? Perhaps I have because I also had an eye to making this product look more appealing to a modern-day audience. Does that mean that it would have been less interesting if it were being offered for sale at that time? In my view, purchasers would be just as excited by the look created by the pattern and the way it emphasises the dimensions of the sofa and the chair. However, perhaps you might say that I would say that wouldn’t I!

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

1970s Sofa And Chair

Although I create and show here patterns, I am also interested in mid-century interior design and in the look and feel that was generated in the United Kingdom during that period of time from the 1950s until the early 1980s. Looking through some old catalogues recently, I came upon this design for a sofa and chair which looked so mid-century that I just had to create it.

The furniture was available in either teak or white wood and the illustrations above show both examples. But not only was this so mid-century, my immediate thought was that both the furniture and the small units would look perfect in a modern living room.

As you will probably know, I am not a fan of wooden floors and so I created a small room which is fully carpeted and I have, of course, used my own patterns for the carpet, the upholstery, the wallpaper and the curtains. These patterns were designed to look mid-century but they were also designed with an eye to the present day and I believe that a room decorated like this could exist in a modern house. I will, perhaps, show the patterns that I have used in a little more detail later.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.