Modern Mid-Century Op Art Wallpaper


Household designs have always been influenced by trends in modern art and the mid-century world was no exception to this.

During that period there were a great many different trends in art, one of which was the rise and popularity for a short time of Op Art. This form of art has its roots in Cubism and Futurism as well as movements that came before. In truth it began before the war although in the UK the real flowering of Op Art was the post-war, mid-century period.

This wallpaper, perhaps overbearing and even hideous to present-day viewers would have been the pinnacle of expressive modern wall design in the 1960s. The design is a simple one of resized rectangles while the colouring used is Pacific blue along with brass and mustard, all of which are authentic mid-century colours.

The effect on the room is to make it look, I think, smaller and more compact and certainly eye-catching for the viewer. Presumably walking in and out of the room every day the householder would cease to be quite so impressed. Whether wallpaper like this remains interesting over time is something that I wonder about. However Op Art wallpaper was quite popular amongst modern or forward-thinking householders during that period.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

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

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