Psychedelic Bedcover

Mid-century inspired pattern

Psychedelic Bedcover

Mid-century inspired pattern

Psychedelic Bedcover Swatch

The mid-century 1960s decade in the United Kingdom began quietly enough but around the middle of the decade design, fashion and virtually every element of the settled world exploded into a riot of sound, vision and innovation.

In a short period of time, design went through many years of evolution and development and everything that appeared seemed new. It was an amazing time which has never been repeated since and perhaps never will.

So far as interiors were concerned a lot changed but the changes can really be explained by looking at the effect on the colours and the patterns. Colours became much brighter, much more saturated and vibrant and patterns were much denser and complex although the basic rules of repeat were still followed. Anything, it seemed, could be used to express the joy of being alive and it is these colours and designs which people think of when they look back to these mid-century decades.

As part of a 1960s room, I have created a new pattern which is used here on the bed cover. Both the bed, and room, a portion of which you see, represent this decade and, although it appears chaotic, this room would not have looked out of place as a teenage bedroom. To the modern eye it is the sort of room to which we say – Wow!

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

Three Decades

Mid-century inspired pattern

Three Decades – the 1950s

Mid-century inspired pattern

Three Decades – 1960s and 1970s

Just a pattern today as this is both a mid-century design process and also an ongoing development process and hopefully there will be some similar further patterns that will appear here in the future.

Since I am presently looking at the 1950s mid-century period, the principal image above is a pattern designed for that period and intended primarily as a fabric design. However, it might be possible for it to be used as wallpaper if you accept that it is quite dark.

The exciting part is that I have also produced this as it would have looked a decade later in the 1960s. Here you will see the red background and also, I hope, appreciate the excitement and contrast that was spiralling around in that hectic and innovative period. Not content with that, I have designed it as it could have been created a further decade later in the 1970s (or even perhaps as a modern design today).

This was an interesting, and in its own way a very useful project since it did enable me to compare both styles and designs as well as colouring for the different decades and to stretch my mind and my thinking a little.

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

“In conversation”

A Daz Iray render

Yes, I know it’s taken some time, but I have been involved with other 3D work which has taken more time than I thought. However, at last, my first Daz Iray render is finished.

The scene is, as I have posted before, the apartment building that I made some time back in Cinema 4D. The model was transferred to Daz Studio as a Wavefront Object file and textured in Daz studio using Iray textures created for the most part by me. I then added some furniture created in Cinema 4D and textured this the same way. One or two of the smaller extras are, in fact, Daz models since I did not have suitable models that I had made and which were already transferred as object files. (This is something I hope to render shortly.)

Once that was complete I used a HDRI file that I obtained free from the Internet as a background, getting the Iray render to draw the dome. One problem I encountered is that it does not appear possible to easily see what portion of the image will appear through the window and so some frustrating trial and error took place before I was able to find a suitable part of the picture.

I then took two Genesis 2 models from Daz and put them in conversation before saving them in Daz format. It was easy then to merge this file and then position the girls in front of the window in a natural pose.

The lighting is simple emission lighting for the room, the HDRI for outside and a spotlight, suitably positioned, for the sun.

Overall I suppose I must have spent a week playing with various renders, lighting and texturing setups before I settled on this final image and now I have to say that I am pleased with the result. In an ideal world I would have added some dirt to both the room and the furnishings rather than resort to Photoshop.

Is this the way to use representations of people in 3D work? I believe that it is, I think the standard of finish for Iray is very acceptable and using Daz Studio means that it is not necessary to fiddle with the facial textures of the models in order to make them look good. Will I try this again? Certainly, I have learned a lot and gained some valuable experience in both exporting models to Daz Studio and in producing an acceptable scene. Looking back, it was both frustrating and exciting but it is definitely a project that I will look at again in the near future.

For access to a full size image my Flickr page is here.


1960's curtain patterns

1960's curtain patterns

Curtains are (and were in the 1950’s and 60’s) an important and integral part of the home’s finish and décor and were accentuated much more so than today.

This design uses the simple, elegant, stylized flowers that appeared mid-century and just changes the colour of the central area for variation. In fact, many of the patterns of the day would not have had a colour variation, simple colour contrast seems to have been sufficient. However, I felt that, for showing today, it might be a good idea to introduce some variability which the mid-century designer may well have approved.

The set is my usual living room curtains which I have used many times before and which I think should be given a short holiday while I find some other similar set!


A mixed modern and mid-century dress pattern design

A mixed modern and mid-century dress pattern design

Well, I suppose I would have to say that this is perhaps as much modern as it is mid-century although it did begin its life with strong 1950s roots.

The motif inspiration was the highly stylised flowers and leaves that appeared in the later years of the 1950s and 1960s which, when used with black, create a highly unmissable colour contrast that is so appealing. The idea of using black in this way really took off at that time both for fabric and for wall coverings.

I did try the pattern with several background colour before realising that black gave me the best and most 1960’s look. The next stage is to use smaller flowers and leaves to create that iconic 1960s version that is still so prevalent and loved today, but that will be for another day.


1960's curtain patterns

1960's curtain patterns

1960's curtain patterns

A simple design, mid century of course, and an even simpler repeat and we have an excellent surface pattern for curtain material in two colours.

The design is based on the sort of designs that were popular and very prevalent mid-century while the colours chosen are original 1950s colours from the British Standard. The pattern is a simple one, that is true, but that makes the curtains look very original in their 1960s living room. In fact, we could have two very distinctive and distinct rooms that each have their own look and feel.

I have used the same type of material for both but if these were mid-century curtains they could well be made in different weights of cloth to create a luxurious version and a perhaps more affordable one.

The 1960s UK Project – Ferris House

The 1960s UK house

This is another episode of the 1960s house project which looks to feature the interior of houses as they would have been in the 1960s/70s.

This time we are, in fact, in the early 1970s although this could equally be the late years of the preceding decade. I realised, as I have pointed out earlier, that a good source of original material are the various TV programs made at the time and this room appears in a comedy of the time. The house belongs to Bob and Thelma Ferris and appeared in The Likely Lads comedy series.

It is not a copy of the room used but simply my interpretation of how they might have decorated the room and it is just one incarnation. The beauty of using virtual 3D models is that I can change the furniture and decoration relatively easily which gives me the chance to try other mid-century decorative combinations. Although the series used a new house built in the early 1970s, the room could just as easily have been built in the 1960s.

In keeping with the other rooms I have made, this image is also in printable quality on my Flickr page (link below) and I have included a wide-screen format colour image and a black and white image to show how the room would have looked in a photo of the period. Also, because it looked good, I have included a tinted image.

A link to my Flickr page is here.