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.

Comfortable Furniture Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Comfortable Furniture Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Comfortable Furniture Fabric Design Swatch

During the mid-century period, at least in the United Kingdom, furnishing fabrics were either quite plain or very low contrast. However, during the 1960s, when fashions began to change for the more exotic, furnishing fabrics changed although the change was much less noticeable.

This pattern owes a lot in both form and colouring to mid-century ideas and fabrics although, to bring it more up-to-date, I have made the motif a little larger and the pattern a little more noticeable

This has the effect of making the three seater settee look large and imposing and much more like a modern item of furniture.

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.

Furnishing Pattern On A Small Scale

Mid-century inspired pattern

Furnishing Pattern On A Small Scale

Mid-century inspired pattern

Furnishing Pattern On A Small Scale swatch

I know hardly anybody else seems to do this, but I like to do is diversify, for example by creating transport patterns and patterns for furniture coverings.

An important point that seems to be forgotten by many people is that patterns intended for coaches and bus seats need to be designed for that purpose rather than using a general-purpose design. It is for this reason that I try where possible to show how my patterns look on the intended product.

In this case, the product is a sofa and the image is taken from a 3D set made with Cinema 4D. From the outset, this was designed to be a small scale pattern intended to soften and show off the outlines of the sofa and, hopefully, to make it look inviting to both visitors and homeowners alike.

The pattern does bear some resemblance at a large-scale to mid-century patterns created in the 1970 and the colouring is also very close to the mid-century palette, close enough to justify, I feel, the hashtag midcenturyinspired.

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.

Danish Chair Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Danish Chair Pattern:

Mid-century inspired pattern

Danish Chair Pattern Swatch

Firstly, there is nothing Danish about this pattern, it is simply a pattern that I created to go on some Danish style mid-century chairs that I recently constructed.

The design has its roots firmly in mid-century ideas and uses mid-century colours in order to produce a pleasing yet not eye-catching pattern that was intended for either sofas or chairs. As I had recently finished building a mid-century chair that is based loosely on Danish chairs I decided to try the pattern and see if I liked the result.

I did like the result and decided that it was not necessary to use a sofa and I hope you find this design pleasing, too.

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.

Floral Furnishing Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Floral Furnishing Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Floral Furnishing Fabric Swatch

Florals are things that I tend to stay away from although this pattern is composed of quite highly stylised flowers; the sort of designs I like and tend to do a lot of.

This design was intended for the outset to be used as a furnishing fabric, particularly on a sofa. The design is inspired by mid-century motifs but perhaps more inspired by mid-century colours and by that mid-century look which everyone knows but which is so hard to emulate.

The set is my simple living room set which you will note has a carpet on the floor rather than floorboards. People have commented on this but wooden floorboards tend to be quite reflective and I find it takes the viewer’s eye from the furniture and also makes the lighting difficult so I tend to use a non-reflective floor 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.