Aff410 Nice Monsters

This pattern began life as a very different design intended to create monsters for another purpose but, on reuse, I was able to form something that looks just a little more friendly and which also forms a repeating pattern.

The design uses several background variations in different colours, one of which I did use to create some products with Redbubble. The colours are from my mid-century palette although it is perhaps true that the motifs are my own invention. However, I have no doubt, that similar motifs did exist mid-century were I to search hard enough.

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.

Aff407 Candie

This pattern is very much in the early 1960s style using motifs of stylised flowers which would, in later years, become much more flamboyant but which, for now, were a little more restrained.

The colour scheme is a simple blue and pink for the motif and a contrast and non-invasive scheme for the squares behind. The intention with this pattern was to create a design which looked pleasant and perhaps a little homely. My intention was to create a range of products on Redbubble which were both for homeware and for fashion and you can see the result above.

I did try other colour schemes but none of them seemed to have the appeal of the design above, which was the first one that I created and so there is perhaps a lesson there for me to learn. My wife is always telling me not to mess with the designs that I create because I rarely seem to make them any better!

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.

Black Bananas

I have called this fun and rather whimsical design ‘Black Bananas’ simply because, when considering the colouring, I decided on yellow for the shape of the main motif which I thought of as that fruit. In fact the motif was intended to be, and was derived from, the shape of leaves.

Aside from that, the design is a straightforward representation of shapes from the mid-century library and even the colours used are mid-century based. They are, of course, black and poppy red together with canary yellow.

Towards the end of the second half of the 1960s decade there was a move towards high contrast colours such as these and, perhaps surprisingly, this design might not have looked out of place in a wallpaper catalogue of that era. The pattern was intended as a contrast wallpaper in a very modern, mid-century room and I have this particular design in mind for a future room and so you may well see it further on in the pages of this blog.

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.

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.

Tap-Man

Arcade type game screenShort phrase illustrating the font News706A major revolution happened in the 1980s with arcade games and this was spearheaded, in particular, by one game developed originally in Japan and which subsequently appeared all over the world. Unfortunately I have never been able to play games on a computer because I have problems with the flashing graphics and with the sound but if I were then this is one game that I would probably have enjoyed.

Okay, I am not going to incorporate this in the 1989 room or, indeed, in any of the 1980s work that I and doing but, it is part of that decade’s heritage and thus I thought I would take a few minutes and create my own version. Never having played the game I realise now that there are some issues but nevertheless it was an interesting exercise to do and something different to create.

The font used is News706 designed by Jackson Burke who from 1949 to 1963 was director of type development for Mergenthaler-Linotype, an important firm who developed the font, Trade Gothic, that appears just about everywhere. To illustrate the font I have included a demonstration using one of my favourite short(ish) pangrams.

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.

Modern Dining Room

MDR_1200To give you the same chance that I have to see this room with just plain walls, I have removed the wallpaper and produced an image. The room is exactly the same as the image I posted today except that the walls are a plain neutral colour.

Comparing the two images, the difference is quite striking and, although I accept that this is a personal view, I much prefer the walls with wallpaper.

Red And Green Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Red And Green Upholstery

This began life as a furnishing fabric pattern, designed for a corporate relaxation area or lounge but I began to have second thoughts when the pattern was finished.

Although it incorporates mid-century motifs and colours, I was struck by how modern it looked. I still think it will look good as upholstery fabric, but I wondered about it as curtaining material or possibly soft furnishing. I am working on a very rustic theme at present in Cinema 4D which is taking all my time (and more) but once that is done I will return to this design and see what uses I think it can adapt to.

The colour scheme is simple, according to my notes it is chocolate for the background and then Post Office red, marine blue and finally Paris green.

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.