The 1960s UK Project – Ferris House

The 1960s UK house

This is another episode of the 1960s house project which looks to feature the interior of houses as they would have been in the 1960s/70s.

This time we are, in fact, in the early 1970s although this could equally be the late years of the preceding decade. I realised, as I have pointed out earlier, that a good source of original material are the various TV programs made at the time and this room appears in a comedy of the time. The house belongs to Bob and Thelma Ferris and appeared in The Likely Lads comedy series.

It is not a copy of the room used but simply my interpretation of how they might have decorated the room and it is just one incarnation. The beauty of using virtual 3D models is that I can change the furniture and decoration relatively easily which gives me the chance to try other mid-century decorative combinations. Although the series used a new house built in the early 1970s, the room could just as easily have been built in the 1960s.

In keeping with the other rooms I have made, this image is also in printable quality on my Flickr page (link below) and I have included a wide-screen format colour image and a black and white image to show how the room would have looked in a photo of the period. Also, because it looked good, I have included a tinted image.

A link to my Flickr page is here.

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An unusual early 1950s inspired surface pattern

An unusual early 1950s inspired surface pattern

Look carefully at this surface pattern above because it is a 1950s inspired design that you might only see only once!

Of all the designs and styles produced in the 1950s this is one that, I have to be honest, I really do not like – I find it creepy. Like the last design, it was inspired by the advances in science that were taking place in the early years of the 1950s and also in communications enabling scientific discoveries to be widely seen and examined. This design was one inspired by what biologists were seeing in their microscopes when they looked at living organisms and, in particular, at crystalline structures.

It is an important style of pattern for the reason given but that does not mean that I have to like it and I don’t! However, in fairness to history I have produced my own version which I have used as a furnishing fabric as you can see.

Now that it is done and I have a chance to sit back and look at it, I can see it in a better light and I am beginning to find it more acceptable however, I am not about to rush out and have it made up!

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A lovely early 1950s inspired fabric

A lovely early 1950s inspired fabric

A lovely early 1950s inspired fabric

Although this dress is inspired by 1950s fabric designs it could just as easily have been created as a fresh modern design yesterday!

The inspiration for this design is taken from the very early designs which appeared at the start of the 1950s. For them the world of science was a very new one and discoveries were opening up the modern scientific world daily. Anxious to incorporate these into the fabric (pun intended) of modern life they seized the photographs and drawing that were appearing from microscopes and incorporated them into design fabrics.

You sometimes see homage paid to those early designers today but not, in my opinion, nearly often enough and so I have created a design in two colours which I have used as a fashion fabric. Sadly I could not afford to have the material made up and then a dress created so I have had to rely on my 3D models to bring you a taste of the fabric design.

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A warm surfacepattern for a 1960s wallpaper

A warm surfacepattern for a 1960s wallpaper

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday we had a cold and clean look to the living room but today the sun has come out and the room is warm and habitable!

Do you think it makes that much difference? I had the two images open just now on the computer and there is very little doubt that the rooms have quite difference looks using the two colours for the wall covering. I’m not sure if I could say that one was ‘better’ than the other – I think it is just that they are different one from the other and would perhaps call for a difference approach to the decoration and perhaps use of the rooms.

Certainly, if I had to use one for a work room (I used to have to work in the living room of this house before I moved into the studio) I would prefer the blue one. If I wanted to put my feet up and watch TV (a real luxury these days) then maybe I would opt for the brown design, it’s hard to be sure.

Anyway, it was an interesting experiment and I hope that you enjoyed seeing the two images as much as I did. In fact, it has made me want to try this again with other wall coverings and curtain material so perhaps you may see more of this – what do you think?

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A cold and unfriendly 1960s wallpaper

A cold and unfriendly 1960s wallpaper

What an uninviting and cold, cold wall covering we have today covering the walls of the 1960s living room and making us all feel blue.

This is a lovely design that takes for its inspiration the designs of the late 1950s, early 1960s and uses contemporary colours from the British Standard colour palette.

However, I chose to make the background blue and that has transformed the room from a warm and inviting living area to a cold and unfriendly front room. Well, that is what current thinking would have you infer but I am not so sure. I feel that the room looks clean and tidy, large and inviting. The radio is on in a corner, and outside it is warm and pleasant and there is the sound and smell of dinner being prepared away in the kitchen. Perhaps this is a friendly room after all but, try as I might, can I convince myself?

For comparison, I have done the same paper in a warmer brown and I will post this tomorrow and you can judge which room you prefer the most for yourself.

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A 1950s inspired fabric

A 1950s inspired fabric

This is a lovely mid-century inspired design that I had intended for a transport pattern but, on seeing it and thinking about it, I realized that it had to be a fashion fabric!

So here it is as a texture on the Paige dress on a set that I modeled in Daz Studio 4.7. Rather than include a swatch of the pattern, I thought it might be easier and more helpful to show a close-up of part of the dress to show the pattern more clearly.

Not only was this inspired by fabric designs of the period but the coloring is from genuine 1950s collected palettes. The Paige dress is, of course, a 1950s design and so the whole image looks quite genuine.

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A cruise ship seating design:

A cruise ship seating design:

This, while it is not strictly a mid-century design, owes much to the designs produced in the late 1960s and into the start of the next decade.

The colours are very much taken from the British Standard palette of the period while the design is, of course, a perennial one. The effect is to create seats which look inviting to sit on and yet are also quite restful for those who sit for longer periods. The setting is supposed to be that of a cruise ship bar where the customers may stay for either long or short periods while they enjoy their refreshment.

Naturally this design could work in other colours but, to be honest, I like this red configuration a lot. I think it is just a little busy, that is true, but it is also just that little bit refined and classy and to an extent it shows restraint which makes it inviting to sit on.