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.

Squiggly Green Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Squiggly Green Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Squiggly Green Wallpaper

Mid-century, and earlier, wallpapers tended to be motif based – that is they tended to concentrate on producing a motif rather than the perhaps the more modern method of blending the shapes in with the background.

This particular pattern perhaps owes little in the motif to mid-century design although it does use mid-century colours. The intention is to create a modern pattern that looks more ‘solid’ than conventional.

The setting is my luxury apartment overlooking a rather nice bay and the wallcovering is chosen to fill one wall. Although you are unable to see this, the wall would be the one facing a visitor. At first glance the wall seems to be solid with a little squiggle running diagonally upwards, although closer inspection reveals that the pattern is a little more complex than that. Perhaps, with hindsight, the carpet could reflect the background colour more although overall I think that this is a design which works well in the sort of room for which it is intended.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Cushion Squares

03_1000This is a simple pattern intended from the outset to be used as soft furnishings for the home, either for cushioning or for curtains.

The image above shows how the design would look if it were used for a cushion. For curtains I envisaged the design being used at a slightly smaller scale where the strong vertical and horizontal lines will show the dimensions well.

For cushions I chose two easy colours that have their roots in mid-century although this design could be used with almost any background.

You can, should you wish, also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.