Bright Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bright Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bright Bus Seating Swatch

With seating designed for transport it is often useful to look at the various options available to change the scale since this can have a big impact on the overall look of the pattern.

This design is based on mid-century ideas although the colouring makes it look quite modern. I tried several scaling variations and finally decided on quite a large format. These are bus seats designed for use on buses that travel predominantly in urban areas. Here the journeys are short and the travellers often either commuters or shoppers both of whom benefit from an adventurous and stimulating travel experience.

I hoped that at this scale the design would prove inviting and of interest to both adults and child travellers. Inviting people to use public transport in towns is important and I believe that bright and colourful seating can help to encourage public transport use.

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.

Flower Pattern Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flower Pattern Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flower Pattern Bus Seating Swatch

This is a pattern designed especially for transportation seating, being shown here as a bus seat pattern but one designed to fulfil the requirement for a particular type of pattern.

Bus seats and short-haul train seats by their very nature are designed for short term use with a steady ebb and flow of passengers. As such, the pattern can be quite bold to invite passengers to sit and enjoy the short journey and be stimulated and enlivened by the design.

But not all seating should be like this; there are occasions when the journey should be a little more restrained or where the operator does not want such bold seating. To meet such a need this pattern is intended to look striking but restrained, boldly coloured yet not eye-catching and be designed to be pleasing yet restful.

As with most of my designs, the basis is mid-century and colours from the mid-century palette are used. My notes give them as lovely nightshade as the background with poppy red, vanilla, Paris green and Pacific blue for 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.

Flowery Car Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowery Car Seats

I was so pleased yesterday with the result of my attempts to create once again the covers for car seats that I had to have another go today!

This car is called Prince and it, too, is a Daz model that I have exported from Daz Studio into Cinema 4D. The reason I do this is because I am better at manipulating models in C4D and I can control the lighting better.

The colours are, as ever, mid-century sourced ones and my notes give them as magnolia for the background and Paris green, golden brown and orange for the motif. I think this is a nice combination of colours and I am rather pleased with the resultant image.

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.

1960’s Influenced Car Seat Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

1960’s Influenced Car Seat Design

Just lately, over the last year or so, I have noticed that car seat fabrics are getting just a little bit more brighter and more patterned. It is a welcome trend, in my view, because patterned seat covers make a change and look much more decorative and upbeat.

This design was created a few weeks back and has waited until I was able to get the vehicle, it’s the Ranger car from Daz Studio, out of that program and exported into Cinema 4D. The design is very mid-century and uses, of course, colours from the mid-century British Standard colour palette in use at the time.

I have a liking for creating transport patterns since I often feel that there is a need to brighten up our public and private seating and make it just a little more decorative to help us feel at our best.

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.

Flowery Train Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowery Train Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowery Train Seats Swatch

These are mid-century flower-power train seats designed for suburban short-haul trains which have a quickly changing passenger population.

This pattern is inspired by the 1960’s flower power generation and is intended not to be the sort of restful pattern you might get on an intercity express where passengers were there for the duration. It is intended to be stimulating, eye-catching and to attract the passenger who is travelling a few stops and then getting off. The design is vibrant and alive, designed to keep the sitters awake and alert, waiting for their stop.

The colours are all (I think) from the British Standard 5252 but they are too numerous to list which means that this design probably could not have been printed mid-century!

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.

Domino Car Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Domino Car Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Domino Car Seats Swatch

As are most of my patterns and designs, I would like to say that this was mid-century inspired but in fact the inspiration came from a piece of artwork that I did several years ago now and happened to see again recently.

I have, as you probably know, an interest in surface patterns intended for transportation seating and I knew that it was some time since I had designed one. This was always destined to be a car interior hence the rather bland colouring and simple design. But it is unusual and quite eye-catching in an interesting way rather than a weird way.

The design is centred around dominos along with gold falling stars to give an unusual pattern that I think is also pleasing.

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.

Another Railway Seat Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Another Railway Seat Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Another Railway Seat Pattern Swatch

The patterning on transport seats has changed a lot over half a century with the motifs and colours becoming much more vivid and exciting which is not to say that mid-century patterns were dull and uninteresting.

This pattern is intended to join both the mid-century liking for the simple repeat with the modern practice of using bolder and more striking colouring. In fact, the colours are taken directly from the mid-century palette – they are midnight blue and brass.

The intention behind this pattern is to create a seating that is both inviting to passengers and which is also stimulating and likely to create an enjoyable experience. The design is perhaps more suited to short journeys rather than long ones and, although shown here on a train, the pattern would be equally suitable for buses or possibly for waterborne use.

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.