Neat And Tidy Trimley

Neat and tidy Trimley was, from the very outset, intended to be used as a home product design with particular emphasis on furnishing.

It has strong roots in mid-century motifs and designs and, as ever, the colouring uses realistic midcentury-based hues. The effect is to create a clean well-structured cushion that helps to emphasise dimensions and size and which will go well with most types of furnishings.

The design is also available as a tote bag and in this capacity it works just as well. The cushion and the bag are available from Redbubble and both images are shown. My own image shows the cushions in a mid-century inspired room which uses on the walls the red version of the Claydon wallpaper which I am developing with Spoonflower.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here while these two items can be found on our Redbubble page which is here.

Quirky Midcentury Claydon

People these days take mid-century decorating far too seriously with solid, formal patterns and sober, uninspiring colouring.

But, going back, mid-century was anything but sober: riotous change and a joy of living was in the air for most of the mid-century decades. There was great experimentation in form and colour and there was also a lot of borrowing from the burgeoning art movements of the time. To reflect this, I have created Claydon, a pattern full of mid-century quirkiness and fun yet just right for use in homes today.

The pattern is available in three colours which are, incidentally, authentic colours from the British Standard range of colours available in the United Kingdom at the time. Only two are shown above but the full range can be seen on our Flickr page which is here.

Dereham Wallpaper And Fabric

Created as a midcentury inspired pattern of small squares, most with a central motif, Dereham is now available to purchase from the well known Spoonflower outlet.

I saw it as both suitable as a feature or general wallpaper and also as a useful and adaptable fabric. As a wallcovering, it creates a sophisticated and pleasing look that will complement most decors. As a fabric, I have usefully shown it as both curtains and cushions.

You can also see larger versions of these images at the Dereham album page on Flickr which is here. On Spoonflower the link is here.

Tulip And Leaf

Midcentury Tulip And LeafSimple midcentury patterns always seem to look better and work easier than more complex ones – that seems to be a rule of pattern making.

And it is also true that easier patterns seem to be the more popular and successful than the more complex ones – and that would apply not just in midcentury UK! This pattern follows that rule and is a simple one of tulips and leaves and with an easy repeat that somehow just seems to look right. I created it in only one colour version although other versions were planned for later.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of all these images and more on our Flickr page which is here.

Early Midcentury Wallpaper

The 1950s saw an explosion of design much of which was based on the various modern art movements prevalent at the time.

This was something that seemed new and it captured both the designers and the public’s imagination. The 1950s in particular saw the rise of several very inventive and innovative designers in the UK and Western Europe who took surface pattern design to new heights.

In particular, the works of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky influenced pattern design in new and exciting ways and produced the type of design but I have tried to create here. These designs were ahead of their time and were not, I believe, taken up by the general public although now, with the resurgence of interest in mid-century decorative ideas, the time may well be right for a revival.

I have used the design, which is quite a light paper, on the window wall of the apartment that I use and I have coloured the walls red and made the curtains darker. The effect of this is to produce a very fine, vibrant and exciting room.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of all these images and more on our Flickr page which is here.

Formal Midcentury Style Wallpaper

The mid-century years particularly in the UK , are often seen as chaotic and wonderful years of innovation and exotic style.

Whilst to an extent this is true, there was also a more restful, formal side to interior decoration as well. This wallpaper uses motifs from that period but does so in a restrained and somewhat formal way to create a wallcovering that speaks of elegance and country house living. Shown here in brown, it can look equally at home in a variety of colours and gives to the room a sense of style and an air of everlasting tranquillity. There are days, are there not, when we all would like a room like this to sit in?

As ever, you can also see larger versions of all these images and more on our Flickr page which is here.

Midcentury Wallpaper Creates Space

Midcentury design creates space

Midcentury design creates space

1970s wallpaper deisgn

1970s wallpaper deisgn

Rooms are never big enough, are they? We always seem to want more, we often look at the space we have and decide that it’s not enough.

One way round this, of course, is to move house but these days moving is an expensive option and so other alternatives need to be found. Mid-century householders, of course, faced the same problem but they seem to have found a neat solution that, compared with moving, is both simple and inexpensive.

Using a large pattern seems to me to add space and make the dimensions of the room look instantly larger. This is one of my usual mid-century rooms and here I have created a large, 1970s inspired motif for a pattern that is on a light background. Straight away the room is much airier and brighter, especially when combined with the bright curtains and cushions.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of all these images and more on our Flickr page which is here.