Elm Lodge Project

Elm Lodge Project

I’m working on a new and complex project at present which I’ve called the ‘Elm Lodge’ project and which you will see the result of very shortly.

As you know I am interested in mid-century interiors predominantly from the United Kingdom. Obviously books are a major information source although most of these are written recently about past events and may not therefore be strictly accurate. Of course you can buy second-hand books written at the time although you would be surprised to find that there are few books written in the 1950s, 60s and 70s that showcase interiors. There are some magazines and I have several of these and periodically I look on eBay for them.

I recently realised that there is another important source of information in the form of television programmes that were broadcast at the time. Many are unobtainable but I discovered that some comedy programmes are available as DVDs and these naturally contain excellent primary source material.

OK, a particular favourite of mine at the time was ‘The Likely Lads’, a comedy about two northern youngsters (yes, I was about that sort of age and could identity with it). This was broadcast in the 1960s and the follow-up ‘Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads’ was broadcast in the early 1970s. From this latter series I am currently constructing an interior that resembles, but does not copy, Bob Ferris’s house on the Elm Lodge housing estate.

The photograph above shows the work to date and I hope that I shall shortly be able to use this room in order to showcase some of the mid-century materials, textures and wallpapers that I produce. This is an interesting project and should yield some fun posts in the months to come.

About Mike
I design and create 3D interiors and mid-century inspired surface patterns

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