Bright Sofa Fabric

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Bright Sofa Fabric

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Bright Sofa Fabric Swatch

This is a bright and cheerful, mid-century inspired furnishing fabric designed for larger furniture and so shown here on a mid-century style sofa.

The colours are very 1960s and are Post Office red for the background (although you can hardly see it) and then bottle green and poppy red for the motif with a stroke of magnolia. I tried various scales on the sofa and this one looked the best, I thought.

Yes, before you tell me, the curtains are not the best colour to go in this image!

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Blue Tiles

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Blue Tiles

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Blue Tiles Swatch

Blue is a nice colour and maybe a little overused for tiles and for kitchens and bathrooms but nevertheless it was the colour of choice for my latest pattern.

I wanted to create a ’tile’ type pattern to be used as a wallcovering that would be suitable for both a living area and for a kitchen or even, perhaps, for a bathroom or similar. This pattern is very mid-century based and uses colours that would have been more than familiar to the mid-century designer; anchusa (it’s a flower) against a magnolia background.

I have used it on the wall of my quite modern kitchen diner set deliberately to try and show how versatile I hope it is.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Leaf And Seed Wallpaper

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Leaf And Seed Wallpaper

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Leaf And Seed Wallpaper Swatch

Continuing my wall covering theme using mid-century inspired leaf and similar natural elements, this is another wallpaper but this time a very different one.

Here the elements are perhaps floating rather than falling as they were previously. Although the scale I have used is a similar one, the effect, I believe, is different since this pattern has structure to it and it is a structure that is noticed even if it is not too obtrusive. It gives to the room a much more solid look and creates a wall that has a finality to it.

I did change the colours and the positions considerably, but my notes give the colours as narvik for the background, olive, Paris green, moss green and golden brown while the stroke used was chocolate. A look at the final image reveals that these colours are mostly all there.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Falling Seeds For The Wall

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Falling Seeds For The Wall

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Falling Seeds For The Wall Swatch

I like simple ideas as well as simple patterns and designs but, in fact, the mid-century designers tended to produce patterns that were anything but simple. However, there were some more minimal (as we would now call it) patterns, many of which owed much to the designs produced before the war.

The design uses mid-century colours and to an extent a motif that mid-century designers would recognise but does so (I hope) in a much more modern way. The idea I have used here is that of falling seeds or falling fruit from a tree.

This was intended for wall covering and in the room shown it produces a sophisticated yet simple wall that would show off the remainder of the room contents.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Disturbing Small-Scale Pattern

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Disturbing Small-Scale Pattern

This is a simple, small-scale pattern using browns and yellows which is designed to be used in the small and, before you comment, it was also intended to look less than usual.

In fact, the way that the motif is generated gives, I hope, a slightly disturbing and unusual look to the overall design. So, why would anyone want to create a pattern such as this? The idea is to produce a design, possibly for furnishing or possibly as a cushion fabric, that has an element of discord in order to make the visitor curious and to provide a sense of drama for their user.

This could, I feel, also be used very effectively in a corporate environment in order to get away from the normal corporate easy look and so create something unusual, noticeable and effective.

The colours are mid-century, and the motif is a simple collection of shapes that would have been available to the mid-century designer.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.