Yellow Train Seats

aff179_1000I do like creating fabric patterns for transportation, particularly when those patterns can be lively, interesting and can make a real difference to the look of the space.

This design uses mid-century colours and to an extent, mid-century motifs to produce a pattern intended to look bright and cheerful and to make the passengers journey all the more enjoyable.

The colours used are canary yellow for the base and then vanilla, mellow buff and porcelain blue with a stroke of magnolia.

If you wish then 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.

Green Fabric Design

Green Fabric DesignGreen Fabric DesignModern day furniture fabric seems to suffer from the same problem that I think plagues walls and curtains in that so much of the, for example, sofa coverings are single coloured. Whilst this architecturally looks nice, it does tend to make the furniture boring and, after a while, appear nondescript and ready for a change.

So, to counteract this, I began by deciding not to make too much change and so I chose a nice, solid green and added mid-century inspired motifs intended to complement the colour and lift it to make it more decorative. I also tried to make the pattern interesting so that the fabric could stand perhaps the test of time. The result is shown here on a typical living room sofa.

Few colours are used but they are from the mid-century palette in use at the time and are mid Brunswick green for the background and then simply chartreuse, Post Office red and brass to complete the motif.

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 Furnishing Fabric

aff167_43I like making patterns for use on furniture since they tend to always look nice and there is something very satisfying about creating a design that will be used on furnishings.

The pattern is influenced, as you can see, by floral designs that appeared mid-decade in the 20th century in the UK but, since this is for furnishings, the design is quite simple.

According to my notes I used poppy red, regal red, chestnut and maple for the design with magnolia for the background.

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.

Lovely Mid-Century Inspired Curtains

aff166Mid-century Inspired PatternI think plain curtains look dull and uninspiring in a room and, although they add to the overall colour and atmosphere, it’s a little like looking at flowers all the same colour – nice but you keep thinking how much better they could be.

This design, sourced from mid-century motifs and patterns and using mid-century colours, was intended for fabric and also for curtaining and here, in the living area of a room, it looks superb as a backdrop. Imagine how cosy this would be if you could see the whole room.

My notes, unfortunately, don’t reveal the background but it looks like magnolia (I always start with that as a background) but the other colours are chestnut, marble green, montella, pine green, chocolate and mustard.

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.

Patterned Curtain Material Design

aff165_1000aff165_01_mosaicCurtains can brighten, or otherwise change the outlook and atmosphere of a room in various ways. I like to think that this one adds to all of these considerably.

The pattern is mid-century inspired although it also has modern overtones while the colours are from the mid-century palette. According to my notes the background is golden brown while the motif uses middle brown, copra (the kernel of the coconut), montella, mustard and maple with magnolia and chocolate for the stroke.

The set is a simple one which was produced in Cinema 4D and is intended to show the pattern made into curtain material and used in a very normal living area.

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.

Green Stripes

Mid-century Inspired Patternaff156_01_mosaicFabric seems to suffer from the same problem that I feel besets wallpaper in that it, too, is often devoid of patterning in so many modern fabrics. While this is good in that it enables you to produce large areas of colour or of texture, the downside is that the rooms that it creates can seem drab, lifeless and lacking dimensionality.

I often feel, looking at images of such rooms, that I would soon tire of the surrounding or that I would feel bored and downcast at the lack of interest and stimulus.

This pattern, created in blues and greens from the mid-century palette, tries to inspire and to stimulate, bringing alive the large expanse of curtain at a window. I have deliberately chosen a simple set without the assistance of other items of furniture to show this effect.

The colours used are eau de nil for the background with Bredon green, fiesta blue and marine blue for the stripes.

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.

Aurora Curtains

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Aurora Curtains

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Aurora Curtains Swatch

I use colours taken from the British Standard colour chart created and used in the 1950s and, with additions, onwards into the 1970s. This is partly so that the designs I produce look authentic mid-century styles and partly because I like the colours that were used then.

This design has as a background the unusual mid-century colour aurora, the other colours being Congo brown and Montella. It was the perfect pattern, I thought, for curtaining and so I used it on a new version of my curtain set and the result is above. I have to admit that I do like the colour and I do like the design.

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.