Eye-Catching Midcentury Sofa

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Eye-Catching Midcentury Sofa

Mid-century inspired pattern

Eye-Catching Midcentury Sofa Swatch

Mid-century fabric designs need not be dull, in fact many of the ideas and patterns produced in those decades can still look good in the right setting.

Here I have created a mid-century inspired design that owes much to the colours and the gaiety of the 1960s and I have used it as a covering for a sofa in one of my mid-century inspired living room sets. The effect is eye-catching and it is a design that really does get noticed.

Although intended as a mid-century inspired design it could, I feel, be used successfully today as a furnishing fabric. The colours are a background of anchusa (named after a type of flower), poppy red, magnolia, Paris green and canary yellow.

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

Large Pattern 70s Wallpaper

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Large Pattern 70s Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Large Pattern 70s Wallpaper Swatch

The 1970s, at least in the United Kingdom, was a good time for patterned wallcoverings and it would seem from research that most people would have hung wallpaper on their walls.

Today that seems odd with so many painted walls but I suppose the idea then was to stay in fashion and take advantage of the many different and exciting patterns that were around. Walls are ideal for decoration and the effect is to brighten up the room and provide interest both for the house owner and for the visitor. This design is not intended to catch the visitor’s eye but merely to look good and provide a canvas that takes the eye along the length of the room accentuating the dimensions.

My notes give the colours as orange for the background, jasmine, orange,
montella and poppy red for the motif while the stroke is chocolate. I do tend to alter colours at the last minute and forget to update the notes but I think that is still right.

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

Large Print Midcentury Curtains

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Large Print Midcentury Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Large Print Midcentury Curtains

Mid-century styles, far from being boring, where often very inventive and eye-catching, the more so as the decades rolled away.

This, however, is a more restrained UK design that would have been OK if used in the middle of the mid-century, perhaps around the early 1960s..

My notes for this design tell me that the background is midnight blue and the motif colours are Bredon green, mustard and rich cream. The effect of these colours is to make the fabric look pleasing without it being intrusive.

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

Black And Red Top

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black And Red Top

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black And Red Top Swatch

I was pleased with the way my new mannequins looked and so I decided to create a mid-century inspired design especially just for one of them.

This design owes a lot to mid-century ideas and uses colours from the British Standard in use in the United Kingdom mid-century. The motif is influenced by 1970s elements, the sort that were used extensively in the UK.

I teamed it with a leather look pair of pants and I was pleased with the contrast that it created. The swatch, incidentally, shows the colour scheme the way I created it originally.

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

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet Swatch

The 1970s was a time to calm down the hectic riot of the mid-century decades before and concentrate on living perhaps a little more gracefully yet enjoying the ideas and innovations that the 1960s had brought.

One motif that the 1970s seemed to like was the circle and it appeared in wallpaper designs and elsewhere. This pattern, I have chosen to use it for carpet, is the sort of design that I think you would have been able to see in most carpet shops of the period.

My notes give me a long list of the motif colours as crimson, Pacific blue, orange, poppy red, eau de nil, mustard, oxlip, chocolate, golden brown, mimosa and lovely montella. As I frequently say, I often find myself changing colours and I forget to update the notes. In this case it looks as if all the colours mentioned did not make into the final design although by the look of it most did.

The background is an image rather than a solid colour intended to give more of an impression of carpet texture – you can see this better in the additional detail image on my Flickr account. Note that although the design is very 1970s, the set is more modern, designed and coloured to show off the carpet as well as I am able.

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 Day Another Top

Mid-century inspired pattern

Another Day Another Top

The set that I used for the top I showcased yesterday was created from a compete shop front called ‘The Mannequin Shop Window’. It was what I wanted but it was a little cumbersome to use so I thought to create something a little lighter and easier for my 3D program to manage.

This is the result. It is a mid-century design that I have placed on the model’s top and I am a little happier both with the result and how easy it was to create and manage the image.

For those that are interested in such things, the background colour is mid-century daybreak while the colours used for the pattern are recorded in my notes as black, middle brown, orange and poppy red – all of which are genuine mid-century hues.

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

Black And White Top

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Black And White Top

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black And White Top Swatch

As I said I would, I used the black and (almost) white mid-century inspired design as a fashion fabric and I was pleased with the result.

One thing I had to do was to make some small changes to the pattern to make it look less spaced and a little more busy. As it stood it was ideal for a large area like a curtain but it began to look a little lonely used on a top so I added another little swirl. The result of this is a fabric that really does look better because the larger motifs are more connected.

I forgot to say before that the mannequin was created in Daz 3D and then imported into a Cinema 4D set and the pattern (and all my patterns recently) was created in Affinity Designer.

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