Bedroom Or Not Bedroom

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bedroom Or Not Bedroom

This is a very simple pattern of shapes, or more accurately rectangles and chains, the sort of design that would, mid-century, have been offered as wall covering for a bedroom.

Here, however, it is brought up to date with some suitable early 1960s colours which give it a dated and rather romantic look reminiscent (I hope) of the sort of wallpaper produced during that decade but which could be used in a mid-century room today.

The colours used are quite unsaturated and the shapes are simple and direct, again the way that design was progressing at that time. It’s a fun pattern, fun to make and it would be fun to use as wallpaper or even as fabric.

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.

Mid-Century Quads

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Quads

The 1950s seems to have been a time for the introduction and inspirational use of simple and previously under-used elements in surface pattern construction.

For example, rectangles (are they quadrilaterals – I never know) are used here to produce a pattern with fills just of mid-century inspired solid colours. Previously, patterns tended to be fussy designs mostly centred around floral elements but the use of simpler, less stylised shapes created designs that were very different but equally beautiful.

It was 1950 so it was a quieter revolution compared to what was to follow in the next decade but it was a change in style without which the riot that was the 1960s could not have existed. I like 1950s patterns for their quieter, more gentle grace and their stylish and often exciting (and moving) use of colour and form.

I had in mind that this design would look good as fabric, especially if used for curtaining or for stand-out cushions.

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.

Free Blue Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Free Blue Pattern

Not all patterns have to have elements that fill the canvas and are which are arranged to repeat neatly in rows or columns and departing from this theme often produces some pleasant results.

Again, from the outset, this was intended as a mid-century type design that was not going to follow the regimented path – although for the most part mid-century patterns were well behaved in this regard. I tried deliberately to create a pattern that was a repeated trail – it must be repeated otherwise it isn’t a pattern. The result is surprisingly pleasing and harmonious as well as being nicely and satisfyingly coloured.

The background is a fabric type of bitmap created in Filter Forge while the colours used for the motif are shown as midnight blue, marine blue and turquoise blue for one element set and Paris green, marble green and moss green for the other. Looking at the finished pattern (it is one of the variations of the original), I can see that some of the colours – moss green for example – has been dropped.

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

Mid-century Inspired Dark Flower Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Dark Flower Pattern

This is a stylised flower pattern that could, I suppose, have graced the pattern books of shops mid-century since it uses mid-century inspired motifs and colours from that period.

According to my notes, the colours used were montella for the background and then moss green, mustard, Post Office red and olive for the motif and with a stroke of chocolate and buttermilk. The effect I was trying for was to create a pattern that looked both lush and rich and one that had a sense of depth.  It is the sort of design that could be used for textile for fashion or for soft furnishing.

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

Skimmers

Mid-century inspired pattern

Skimmers

Sometimes you sit down and begin to draw out a pattern and suddenly, without any warning, it will surprise you and begin to take on a life of its own.

It is in this way that the pattern above developed. The shapes were intended to be mid-century inspired motifs but I realised that they were turning, without any help from me, into what I membered as skimmers form my childhood.

Sometimes (well. often, really) I delete patterns that go astray but this time I was intrigued and allowed the design to finish. The result is as you see it, a perfect pattern of skimmers. To be honest, I forget what they are really called but I can remember as a child standing on the banks of the river and skimming them across trying to reach the far bank.

So, there you are, an unusual and not at all unpleasant pattern. Was it a happy accident or my subconscious about to give me a pleasant surprise?

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

Swirly Lampshade Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swirly Lampshade Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swirly Lampshade Pattern Swatch

Mid-century patterns, for some reason, seem to lend themselves easily to all sorts of domestic design possibilities and, in this case, I have chosen a modern lampshade.

It seems an odd choice but lampshades do benefit from having a pattern on them and this mid-century inspired design I thought went well with the shape of the shade.

The pattern is a sort of camouflage design as we might call it now but on a smaller scale in the case of the swatch and, in the case of the lamp, on a very large scale to give it perhaps a more sophisticated aspect. The background is cocoa while the colours used are noted by me as chocolate, magnolia (I always seem to use magnolia somewhere), blue-grey and the sailors colour, marine blue.

Again, if you are interested in how these designs and models are made, the software used is Maxon’s Cinema 4D and Affinity Designer to produce the pattern.

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

Birds And Leaves Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Birds And Leaves Pattern

This was a pattern that I created to resemble the sort of wall coverings that were available for kitchens in the 1950s. Normally. they would have been coloured and much more detailed but I liked the effect of the pencil drawing so much that this was as far as I got.

This is a type of design that I have been researching lately but for, now at least, I have put this project on the back burner to bring to you later. However, I felt that I really couldn’t put this away without at least giving you the chance to see 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