Lively Coach Seats

A lively mid-century inspired pattern used on coach seatingJourneys by public transport are, at best, boring and often unwanted since a way of beaming us from A to B would be far more preferable. However, one way to relieve the boredom and make a journey a little more pleasant is by way of seat decoration.

In the past, seating in transport has often had some form of decoration applied and, as people in the United Kingdom will know, the tube, train and bus system in the UK has had some very imaginative and interesting patterns applied to seating which was often designed by top-class artists.

For my part, I see patterns in a very broad sense, particularly as I use them in my 3D work. As such I do enjoy making patterns for seating on both public and private transport and, as you can see from the illustration above, this pattern was made for coach seats. In the past, I have often said that, for long journeys, seat patterns should be a restful, saving the more lively patterns for short journeys. I still subscribe to this view but I think society is changing and I believe that bolder patterns can now be used on long-term seating such as the coach seats in this illustration.

The pattern is a simple and open one designed to catch the travellers eye and, hopefully, make their journey a little less stressful. The inspiration for the design is mid-century as is the colouring. The coach was not made by me, since I specialise in interior visualisation, but is the Nimos coach which is available from DAZ and is an excellent and very detailed model.

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.

Ranger Seating

Transport seatingaff123If you go far enough you often find that what began at the beginning comes round to meet you once again. One of the things that I began doing many years ago was designing patterns for commercial vehicle seating and using this as a texture in 3D models.

This model, it is the Ranger model from Daz imported into Cinema 4D, is not really a commercial vehicle but it does, I think, take this pattern quite well. The design was made specifically for vehicle seating and, once again, it has a definite purpose.

For seating which is used on a short journey it is useful to create bold, colourful designs which will inspire and enliven the user (and otherwise keep them awake). You can see patterns like this used on buses and short-haul trains. Where the transport is likely to be used over a longer period, for example long train journeys or automobiles, it is probably better to design something that is a little more restful although perhaps equally stimulating.

This design is intentionally a little quirky and is intended to beautify the interior of the vehicle and at the same time provide a fabric which will help to make a long journey restful.

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.

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 Mid-Century Bus Seats

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Green Mid-Century Bus Seats

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Green Mid-Century Bus Seats Swatch

You will know that I like to design seat textures particularly for public transport and this texture was created just for the bus seats in my mid-century styled omnibus.

There is nothing remarkable about the motif or the colours used they are, as you would expect, mid-century inspired but what I liked was the way it all went together to give a very effective and authentic, I think, look.

The seats are simple but are intended to give the feel of a British bus and the fabric pattern uses motifs that are, I feel, similar to mid-century patterns while the colours, of course, are from the mid-century palette. And, according to my notes made at the time, they are: a background of marble green with Pacific blue, moss green, nightshade and brass.

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.

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.