Small Scale Delight

This pattern, which I have for no real reason called small scale delight, is designed to be a pattern for soft furnishings in a modern, mid-century home.

The motif uses stylised flowers inspired from the 1950s while the colouring is standard mid-century colours but taken from my extended palette.   I did experiment with the pattern at a larger scale for use on cushions and I was pleased with the result although, I have to be honest, I did prefer the smaller scale version.  I have in mind using this version as a texture for curtains and you will, perhaps, see it again later.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Red Mid-Century Inspired

This is a very nice, very striking pattern that has its roots in mid-century designs but which contains perhaps more than the usual amount of my own attempts at creative input.

The flowers are 1960s flowers while the design was inspired by the patterns of the 1950s, particularly those produced at the beginning of the decade.

The colouring is a late 1960s very definite red with the motifs simply coloured as a contrast. The design, unusually, was not created with an end product in mind other than to be a soft furnishing fabric to be used, for example, with cushions or possibly with curtains although one would need to be careful not to overpower the room. On finishing this design and creating the image I was struck by the pattern of the motif which tends not to catch the eye but to force a more all over look, meaning that this might be more suitable for curtain type material. I may put this in my ‘to do’ list and see how it looks with different background colours and different rooms.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

A Riot Of Colour

The 1960s in the United Kingdom is always seen as a formative time for design but the patterns that people associate with the 60s really only occurred at the end of the decade.

It was a time of great innovation but it was also a time of great excess when boundaries and limits were pushed as far as they could go and often beyond. Many of the designs and ideas are perhaps a little too forceful and imaginative for today’s consumption but this pattern, I hope, is both acceptable and meaningful as a modern-day design. The pattern is very rooted in the ideas and motifs of that exciting time and the colouring is taken from my mid-century extended palette and is designed to represent the strides that were being made to bring in new and vibrant colouring.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs andpatterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

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Pattern Aff373

A mi-century inspired surface pattern

This is a fascinating pattern that takes for its inspiration designs from the late 1960s in the United Kingdom and which uses, for me, an unusual colouring.

The purpose of this design was to use for soft furnishings, in particular curtains. The effect that I was trying to capture was a clean and slightly rich look which would work well with most other types of mid-century decoration.

In the event, having finished the design, I realised that it was perhaps more suited to red or brown colouring such as is normal mid-century but I still think that this will make good curtains for the right type of room. I have this in my list of things to do and hopefully I should be able to show a 3D interior visualisation in the coming days ahead.

If you wish, you canalso see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs andpatterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Pattern Aff372

Surface pattern

This is an unusual pattern which was inspired by 1950s patterns but, with the colouring and the shaping, the result is to produce something that looks, on the one hand quite modern, and on the other hand as though it dates back towards the art deco and art nouveau movements in the early 1900s.

The intention was to create a fabric pattern that could be used for soft furnishings – I had in mind curtain material for a mid-century room, perhaps one set in the 1950s decade. The result, however, is something which looks more relevant to the early years of this current century and I was minded to forget the design. However, on further thought, I did feel that there was a place for this design as perhaps a 1960s curtain material, particularly for a room quite late in that decade.

The design was created with Affinity Designer and the colouring used is my normal mid-century extended palette of colours.

If you wish, you canalso see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs andpatterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Pattern Aff371

1960s psychedelic pattern in pink, red and greenI don’t often do psychedelic patterns which is not because I dislike them, quite the contrary, but I make patterns for a purpose (usually) and that purpose is to act as a texture for a three-dimensional object in an architectural visualisation.

Psychedelic patterns tend to be limited to the latter half of the 1960s and it is, for no particular reason, an area which I have not often explored. However I’m now looking into the possibility of producing rooms which explore that area and this is the first pattern I have made which I think would be suitable.

The colours are mid-century in their origin and the pattern is designed to be looked at in the relatively small-scale. In the swatch above, the swirls in the pattern do not show particularly well and I am afraid you will have to wait until this pattern is used in a room to see the full effect. But I am very encouraged by the results so far.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

1970s London Flat

Part of a London flat designed at would have been in the late 1970sThis is a fashionable apartment or, since I have placed it in London, a fashionable flat, which might have existed towards the latter half of the 1970s.

Property in London was, and still is, expensive and this is a large living area and so the flat would be a relatively upmarket one, perhaps in a nice area of the city. The furnishings I have tried to make relevant to the period and to the sort of ideas there were in vogue at that time.

The design of the suite is one that I remember seeing at the time and which impressed me, although it would be difficult to find a similar one today. It comes with a three-seat and a two-seat sofa, a chair and a matching coffee table. You will see that, in common with today, one of the occupants has removed their shoes and kicked them under the table!

The small pictures either side of curtains are reminiscent of the sort of images that were appearing at that time and owe much to the work of the American artist Andy Warhol. Pictures, as a way of decoration, were beginning to appear in quantity and were often grouped in a simple way. This is particularly true where, as in this case, the images all share a common theme.

The layout of the room, with the arrangement of the sofas facing the television, is very reminiscent of the way that rooms are constructed today and follows the grouping of furniture that took place in the 1960s. A decade earlier and the furnishings would have been laid out very differently during the 1950s when television was only beginning and most people, at least in Britain, listened to the radio.

The carpet on the floor deadens the sounds and provides insulation as well as making the room look and feel cosy. The curtains have a bold print which would not look out of place today. Something else which has not changed much are the lights, both the ceiling and the stand-alone spotlights. There is a mains powered radio on the bookcase on the left and that, too, would not look out of place today.

The image above is a very small one and only part of the room, the whole can be seen much clearer on my Flickr page, a link to which is provided in the next paragraph.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.