Flasks And Furniture

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flasks And Furniture

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flasks And Furniture Swatch

Not every design that you make is the result of hours and hours of hard work; sometimes the pattern just happens before you on the screen with seemingly very little input.

Of course, it isn’t that, I’ve been making mid-century inspired patterns for five years or more and somewhere in my brain all this must be pre-programmed so that occasionally I can run for a moment on auto.

As soon as this design appeared I knew that it was destined for a sofa fabric and I was not disappointed as you can see above. If you are interested in the colours, they are regal red (a lovely colour) for the background and then canary yellow and magnolia for the motifs.

OK, I’m going to be honest and say that opinion in my household is mixed about the design but I have no doubts about saying that I like it!

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

Striped Sofa Fabric Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Sofa Fabric Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Sofa Fabric Pattern Swatch

Stripes and similar patterns are very useful because they both look decorative and help to show off the lines and dimensions of the furniture to which they are attached.

Stripes, too, have been with us in most decades and are a staple when it comes to both fashion, home and furnishing fabrics. For this pattern, I have used a stripe that could have been found mid-century and to help with the mid-century look I have used colours from the British Standard palette that would have been in use at the time.

The background is lovely montella, a colour which you tend not to see used much today. In fact, montella is a nice background since it is not dark like chocolate and neither is it too light like, for example, Congo brown. It tends to sit calmly out of the way which makes it a good foil for the foreground motif. Teamed with this are stripes of tawny red, Baltic blue, moss green, jasmine and brass.

As a pattern used to cover a sofa it is, I feel, both eye-catching and sophisticated and seems to give a lift to my rather everyday living room.

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

Low Key Sofa Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Sofa Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Sofa Fabric Swatch

In one sense furnishing fabrics can be, and mid-century they often were, bright and cheerful but often you want the sofa to just be part of the room and not to dominate.

Here I have created a mid-century inspired pattern to cover the sofa in a living room that has – elsewhere in the room – a decorative effect that the house owner wants to show off. The sofa, therefore, looks good but is not intended to be the centre of attention.

The pattern is a simple one, using simple colours derived from the mid-century palette and the effect is, I hope, to create something that looks inviting to sit on but which does not dominate.

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

Eye-Catching Midcentury Sofa

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Eye-Catching Midcentury Sofa

Mid-century inspired pattern

Eye-Catching Midcentury Sofa Swatch

Mid-century fabric designs need not be dull, in fact many of the ideas and patterns produced in those decades can still look good in the right setting.

Here I have created a mid-century inspired design that owes much to the colours and the gaiety of the 1960s and I have used it as a covering for a sofa in one of my mid-century inspired living room sets. The effect is eye-catching and it is a design that really does get noticed.

Although intended as a mid-century inspired design it could, I feel, be used successfully today as a furnishing fabric. The colours are a background of anchusa (named after a type of flower), poppy red, magnolia, Paris green and canary yellow.

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

Midcentury Sofa Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Midcentury Sofa Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Midcentury Sofa Pattern Swatch

The 1960s did have some really nice patterns and designs that were used primarily for fabric and wallcoverings and also, to a lesser extent, for furnishing fabrics.

I think it is probably true to say that creating designs for furniture was not a major preoccupation although some patterns did find their way through. This design owes much to the 1960s and, as soon as I began, I realised that this was going to be a furnishing fabric.

For a background, I chose lovely montella from the British Standard colours using zephyr, moss green, chocolate and chestnut for the motifs to produce this lovely merge of colour. I tried it on the mid-century sofa that I use and was very pleased with the result.

You can see the design above on a sofa and this would look equally good on an easy chair or, indeed, as a soft, loose covering.

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.

1950s Sofa Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

1950s Sofa Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

1950s Sofa Fabric Design Swatch

After the Second World War had ended people began to pick up the threads of their lives and turned back to the designs and patterns that had been popular pre-war. The talented new designers that were to transform 50s and 60s patterns had yet to emerge from the universities and colleges and so many good designers have been lost in the hostilities.

In the United Kingdom, the 1950s was a time of celebration and hope but, amongst the shortages, it began by utilising styles and patterns that had been produced before the war although these began to be modified to reflect the hopes and aspirations of the new decade.

This small set represents a 1950s style British sofa made in the traditional style and using whatever materials the manufacturer could find. It uses a traditional small scale pattern in a bright colour to show off the form and dimensions of the furniture. At that time, this would probably have been an expensive fabric; indeed, furniture itself was at a premium since raw materials were in short supply and continued to be so throughout the decade.

This 3D model and this fabric surface design were created specifically for a 1950s-style room set which is currently under construction and which I hope to bring to you shortly.

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.

Easy Cushion Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Easy Cushion Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired patternAlthough I refer to this as a mid-century style, it is a very simple repeat pattern that has been produced and refined for as long as there have been patterns.

However, that does not make it in the least boring and here I have used a modern stylized flower in place of the mid-century flower motif that would probably have been used and I have used colours which, while still from the British mid-century palette, are made to look more modern.

You will see that the design is in two simple variations to produce cushions that will sit well with modern styles and decoration and provide a comfortable, homely look to a room whether it has in it mid-century elements or not.

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.