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.

Green Executive 1960s Room

Image created from a 3D model of a 1960s style roomThis is something of a departure for me and an interesting project to work on. The room is from the early 1960s and is designed as a large living room in an executive style house somewhere in the United Kingdom.

As you can see, the room is a large one with a dining annex which is set at one end. This is an interesting configuration although perhaps not the most practical one since food has to be carried through the seating area from the kitchen.

The furnishings are the sort of furnishings that would have been found in a property of this description in the early 1960s and feature a small statue on the occasional table, pictures printed onto canvas rather than within frames and, of course, the excellent lights that were appearing at that time. It is interesting that two of these items, the lights and the statue, seem to have disappeared from modern living areas.

The carpet has already been featured on this blog and needs little further comment other than to say that I am pleased with the result. The wallcovering is a simple one that reflects the period but which is in a colour that is a little unusual although, I think, very effective at creating a cool, smart room.

Sitting looking at the image ready to post and feeling somewhat nostalgic, I have to say that, were it possible, I would very much like to be able to walk into and continue living in it. (In the early 1960s, of course!)

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.

1989 Living Room Right Hand View

A living room in 1989 - the third and final image which shows the right hand viewThis is the right hand and final view of the 1989 living room and, for such a large and time-consuming project, this seems to come round quite quickly. One final step to complete the project is to produce a movie of, essentially, the same images but taken as the camera revolves and this is something I will work on this week despite the electrical work which is going on around me and will necessitate turning off the power for one possibly two days.

This scene shows the way in which hi-fi was taking over the living spaces in rooms particularly with the influx of available forms of media. Although this looks cumbersome and probably from a modern perspective, antiquated, this was to lay the foundations for the way in which media is presented today although, of course, none of it was streamed.

Again, since this is a forward-looking family, there are ‘Andy Warhol’ style prints on the walls which provide some colour and interest. One feature to note is that people still tended to have quite a lot of ornamentation on furniture such as wall units. However, this ostentation was beginning to disappear and by the advent of the next decade much of the ornamentation that you see will have gone. In order to prepare for this I have included vases and the like on the unit and the storage on one wall but I have tried to keep other ornamentation to a minimum.

I am Midcentury Styles and so I will not do a room in the next decade which would be very different with wood floors, less patterns and many more solid areas of colour.

This image is much smaller than the final image which I will post in its entirety on Flickr, the link being below.

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.

1989 Living Room Middle View

1989 middle 1000Once again this is taking time to produce the final images which is something that I not yet fully used to. However, at last the middle image has been produced and the final image, which is the right hand view, should be available very shortly.

As you can see, this is the center of the room showing the unit used for storage and the door that leads out of the room.

This image is much smaller than the final image which I will post in its entirety on Flickr, the link being below.

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.

1989 Living Room LH View

Living room in 1989 created in 3DAt last, I know it’s been a bit of a wait, the left hand view of the 1989 styled living room is available to see. There are, of course, two other views showing the centre and right hand images taken from the same camera position.

The room is a practical living space and is modelled on a living room in a detached, United Kingdom house built at around that time or a few years earlier. There is a window with a patio door to the left and to the right, as you will later see, a door out of the room.

The room has wall coverings and a carpet that reflect both the colours and patterning that would have been available to the homeowner at that time. I have tried to make the furniture also reflect that period with a three-piece suite, wall units in white chipboard, and similar matching storage. The 1980s was a time when audio came into its own with the emergence of extremely good televisions, hi-fi units and video and it really marked the beginning of the modern audio age. You will see later that this room reflects those developments.

It is also a time when lounge stools developed in sophistication from the 1960s and became popular. This is reflected in the rather nice leather stools shown.

But not everything is new, the homeowner has a mantelpiece clock, now on the storage unit, which is from a much older era, as is some of the ornamentation on the white unit.

This image is much smaller than the final image which I hope I can post in its entirety on Flickr, the link being below.

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.

The Apartment 01

Two characters in a mid-century room stylized as a comic bookThe 1989 room is still being developed and processed and it is, as I anticipated, taking quite some time to complete although I hope to be able to bring the first image to you during the course of this week. Things always seem to happen at once and as the year draws to a close I am considering a house move and this is also eating into my time.

Whilst the various images are rendered by the machine, a process that takes most of the day, I am also looking at an alternative way of showing my 3D work. For sometime I have been happy with the photorealistic realism that I have been able to obtain and I am now looking at making my work look perhaps a little more artistic.

The image above is a mid-century image of an apartment with two characters from Daz which I produced some time back. The effect that you see is created with Filter Forge and is the way that I would like my work to look as wall art. This particular image is not available to purchase although it may be so the future.

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.

Audio So Far

records and vhs so farYes, I know, it’s Sunday and I shouldn’t be working but I am. I have just finished the record and VHS section of the left hand area of the 1989 room and here is a sneak peek of the work done so far.

This decade was a great time for music as vinyl began to fade out in favour of smaller and more compact media and movies (films in the UK) began to appear on VHS. This is a very different decade to the mid-century ones that I have specialized in before but it is very exciting to be researching and creating some new and very different stuff.

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.