Early 1950s Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Early 1950s Wallpaper

This is not a mid-century inspired wallpaper. it is the first of my attempts to create a design which would have been comfortable, I hope, in that time period with no pretensions to existing in a modern environment.

In Britain, the country in which I currently live, the 1950s was a difficult time. The Second World War had only recently finished and rationing continue to exist until the middle of that decade. During half of the 1940s all efforts had been directed to winning the war and so it was necessary to rebuild the country both economically and spiritually. It would be during this rebirth and its later growth in subsequent decades that the foundation would be laid for the designs, colours, patterns and ideas that would come to represent and identify Britain.

But, as the 1940s turned into the 1950s, wallpaper patterns were not foremost on people’s minds and so there was a tendency to look back to those designs which are been current before the hostilities and use them as a template. For this pattern I have done the same and used what I think would be representative of the type of simple, repeated motif that would have been used.

This pattern is anything but revolutionary and eye-catching and is intended to provide a simple and relatively inexpensive covering for the wall that people would buy and which would look nice.

But, building on existing giants of European patterning and design and streaming from universities and colleges was a brave and talented army of new designers would take wallcovering, fabric and many other applications for surface patterns to new and unimagined heights over the decades to come.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

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

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