Low-Key Transport Seating Pattern

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Low-Key Transport Seating Pattern

I enjoy creating seating patterns for transportation, that is for buses, coaches and train seats, both because of the challenges and also because of the limitations.

This design is intended for low-key seats, such as you might find on transport intended for longer journey times where people are exposed to the pattern for an extended period. This design, with its mid-century roots and colours is, I think, restful and yet interesting enough to be attractive to the passenger.

The colours used are from the mid-century palette and are blue-grey for the background and then Post-Office red, marine blue, tawny red and finally Pacific blue.

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.

Brown Car Seats

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Brown Car Seats

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Brown Car Seats Swatch

As you know, I like designing car seats because they both provide opportunities not present in other designs and also provide limitations that are challenging.

Vehicle seating is influenced by the type of vehicle and also by convention. The sort of patterns that I make for busses and trains would not be even considered for a car and so the trick is to make the seats interesting and yet also desirable and conventional.

I hope that I have produced a pattern this time which is both interesting and daring but also conventional enough to make it acceptable.

The design is of course mid-century inspired and uses a mid-century based colouring scheme of montella for the background with poppy red, mustard, orange, magnolia and Paris green. Those are the colours listed by my notes and a look at the finished pattern (I made this some time ago) reveals that they are all there.

The pattern was created in Affinity Designer, the vehicle is the Ranger from Daz and the set was created and rendered in Cinema 4D.

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.

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.