1970s London Flat

Part of a London flat designed at would have been in the late 1970sThis is a fashionable apartment or, since I have placed it in London, a fashionable flat, which might have existed towards the latter half of the 1970s.

Property in London was, and still is, expensive and this is a large living area and so the flat would be a relatively upmarket one, perhaps in a nice area of the city. The furnishings I have tried to make relevant to the period and to the sort of ideas there were in vogue at that time.

The design of the suite is one that I remember seeing at the time and which impressed me, although it would be difficult to find a similar one today. It comes with a three-seat and a two-seat sofa, a chair and a matching coffee table. You will see that, in common with today, one of the occupants has removed their shoes and kicked them under the table!

The small pictures either side of curtains are reminiscent of the sort of images that were appearing at that time and owe much to the work of the American artist Andy Warhol. Pictures, as a way of decoration, were beginning to appear in quantity and were often grouped in a simple way. This is particularly true where, as in this case, the images all share a common theme.

The layout of the room, with the arrangement of the sofas facing the television, is very reminiscent of the way that rooms are constructed today and follows the grouping of furniture that took place in the 1960s. A decade earlier and the furnishings would have been laid out very differently during the 1950s when television was only beginning and most people, at least in Britain, listened to the radio.

The carpet on the floor deadens the sounds and provides insulation as well as making the room look and feel cosy. The curtains have a bold print which would not look out of place today. Something else which has not changed much are the lights, both the ceiling and the stand-alone spotlights. There is a mains powered radio on the bookcase on the left and that, too, would not look out of place today.

The image above is a very small one and only part of the room, the whole can be seen much clearer on my Flickr page, a link to which is provided in the next paragraph.

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.

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

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

Swirls And Galaxies

Swirls And Galaxies Surfacepattern

Swirls And Galaxies

This is a pattern I have been working on for a few days now and which will ultimately become (I hope) a stylish and modern wall-covering.

The design is based on mid-century ideas, particularly those from the 1970s in the UK. The 1960s had brought the creation of patterns using a much larger scale and more vibrant colours and this carried on into the first few years of next decade. Some of the designs produced were really huge and would not be suitable or tolerated in designs today so this is a more retrained version. The colours and motifs are based on original ones although I have made an effort to bring these up to date.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.