A Furnishing Fabric With Promise

Mid-century Inspired Fabric Design

Mid-century Inspired Fabric Design

As I said the other day, materials can and do often surprise you with their range of uses and with the promise of what they may morph into.

This is a standard mid-century type pattern made some time go (quite a long time in fact) which is today experiencing something of a revival. It’s a design I have always liked and which I originally made as a furnishing fabric pattern for sofas and chairs and similar.

However, now that I have spent some time thinking and messing with it, I can see that it has possibilities over and above that of simple furnishing. You may well see perhaps more exciting variations over the next few weeks. The colours used are various mid-century British Standard original browns while the background is the lovely zephyr from the mid-century palette.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

A Versatile Dark Pattern

A mid-century influenced design

A mid-century influenced pattern

Most of my mid-century influenced designs are created with an end use in view, in fact, I find it hard to create a pattern when there is nothing at the end.

This design was made as part of the furnishing texture program that I was involved in and was intended for the fabric used for covering chairs and sofas. At least, at the time, that was how I saw it!

However, when I had finished and I was playing around with the colours I created this dark background against a lighter two-colour motif and realised at once that this was a pattern that had many more uses as you will see later…

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

What A Mug!

12 mugs for which I have created the patterns.

12 mugs for which I have created the patterns.

This is a Photoshop composite (or whatever the right word is) of some of the mugs that I have created since I started recently on Redbubble.

I am not sure if all the patterns have been shared on this blog (perhaps they have not) but they are all mind-century influenced work that I have created. As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here and which is well worth seeing.

You can also see my Redbubble page and see more of my work from this url here.

The Balloon Race

Mid-century inspired fabric pattern "The Balloon Race"

Mid-century inspired fabric pattern “The Balloon Race”

Some patterns speak volumes as soon as you look at them, you can write pages of comment about them while some, well, let’s just say that their voices are more moderate.

There is not a lot to say about this pattern, it is a very stylish and pleasant design based on mid-century ideas and created by thoughts about a balloon race! Intended as a fabric pattern, it is a simple repeat which is intended to be harmonious and easy-on-the-eye. It did, to be honest, get a little overlooked recently and so I am going to remedy that and give it some work to do, I hope that you like it.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Not For Midcentury Technology

This pattern, which I have called Weston Tech, is destined eventually for technology cases and notebook covers on Redbubble.

The pattern itself is very mid-century in its motifs and colours (although the background is perhaps more modern). The idea was to create a cover that was busy yet which was also harmonious and appeared to have (as it does) some underlying structure. In essence it is no more than a fast repeat with some elements mirrored.

I was pleased with the overall result which appears structured as well as having definite up and down breaks which confuse the eye and make the result just a little less predictable. As the title suggests, this is for modern and not mid-century technology! I will upload it eventually to Redbubble and I will show you the result later.

There are two images above and they show the straight repeat and then the half drop version which is the final version that I shall use (sorry that they are at different scales).

This is really a note for myself to say that this image was finished using Corel Perfect Effects.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Swirls And Galaxies

Swirls And Galaxies Surfacepattern

Swirls And Galaxies

This is a pattern I have been working on for a few days now and which will ultimately become (I hope) a stylish and modern wall-covering.

The design is based on mid-century ideas, particularly those from the 1970s in the UK. The 1960s had brought the creation of patterns using a much larger scale and more vibrant colours and this carried on into the first few years of next decade. Some of the designs produced were really huge and would not be suitable or tolerated in designs today so this is a more retrained version. The colours and motifs are based on original ones although I have made an effort to bring these up to date.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

A Pattern Sophisticated And Square

Midcentury Pattern Barham

Midcentury Pattern Barham

Mid-century patterns have an elegance and sophistication all of their own which seems to, not just endure over the years, but become stronger as the decades advance.

There were many patterns like this created in mid-century UK and the design has lasted down the years until today. Barham is a simple pattern which uses easy shapes coupled with colours from the British Standard palette which was in use at the time. The effect is to produce an ‘all over’ pattern that can be used today for a variety of purposes.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.