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.

Pattern Aff369

Late 1960s British patternThis pattern is a 1960s mid-century design that tries to emulate the sort of patterns and experimentation that was going on in the latter half of the 1960s in the United Kingdom. It was this part of the decade that generated so much innovation and unusual ideas and which is responsible for producing so much of what we now think of as British mid-century.

This pattern is shown here as a swatch and was created by me as a design for soft furnishings with a view to using it on both curtains and cushions. Against the, perhaps more run-of-the-mill soft furnishings designs that were available at that time, this pattern is intended for a very modern and up-to-the-minute room.

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.

Pattern Aff368

Mid-century pattern inspired by earlier designsNo, I have not forgotten that I also make surface patterns although, as I have said before, I began life making 3D interiors and then started making surface patterns for areas such as wallpaper, curtains and soft fabrics because I was unable to find any suitable ones, particularly mid-century ones, on the Internet.

I had let my surface pattern creation rather take over recently and I am redressing the balance by doing a little more mid-century interior architectural visualisation but this pattern was one made sometime back and has been waiting for me to bring forward.

Mid-century inspired? It is easy to see that its origins lie in the early years of that century although patterns like this did have something of a renaissance and were used as inspiration during the mid-century years.

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.

Wallpaper For The 1989 House

1980s style wallpaper surface patternImage of 3D model of a 1980s house interiorAlthough I create surface patterns, and have been doing so for some time, my main interest is in producing 3D period interior visualisations. At the moment I am working on a 1989 room which, since I am Midcentury Styles, is right at the top of my period of interest.

Of course, producing architectural visualisations, particularly of interiors, requires a good deal more work and it will be a few more weeks before the room is finished. The purpose of the room is to show a living area as it would have been at that time rather than to produce a museum type room showing just 1980s furniture and patterns.

At last, the room is at a point where I can begin producing surface patterns for the walls and for some of the fabrics. The images above show the wallcovering and a later image will show the fabric I have so far designed for the curtains and other soft furnishings. The wallpaper is a simple wallpaper and the colouring is a suitable colouring for the period and is taken from one of the colours in the suite. Again I have designed the pattern for the suite and I will show this in more detail in a later post.

The 1980s was really the last time that rooms looked attractive, decorated and designed for living rather than looking architectural, boring and unoriginal. A few years later, as the nineties wore on, carpet had been replaced with floorboards and the even worse laminated flooring which, fortunately, is set to disappear over the next few years. The walls, too, were heading away from patterns towards simple, solid, painted, colouring and, in keeping with this trend, I have designed the wallpaper to show the minimum of pattern. Sadly, curtains too to would suffer the same fate and become just coloured slabs of fabric although for the moment patterns were still available.

I have recently acquired images of the covers for various IKEA catalogues, mostly from Scandinavia, over the entire 1980s decade which I am excited about. I also have also ordered a book which I hope will give me some illustrations of furniture and soft furnishings obtainable from the range of Habitat stores. It is these two outlets that produced much of the furniture for the 1980s and certainly provided a lot of the furniture in my own house at the time. In keeping with this I hope to be able to produce either alternative rooms or refurnished rooms showing other 1980s furniture which will be a refreshing change from the 1960s decade that has formed the bulk of my work so far.

Now that the room is partially completed I am hoping to be able to post a little more regularly than I have been in the past few weeks.

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.

Floral Bedroom Wallpaper

Bedroom wallpaper design of flowers against a light backgroundBedroom visualization using the wallpaperThis is a little different in that the wallpaper design uses a slightly different method of construction although the end result looks very straightforward.

This was created by using a separate background and the pattern is overlaid on top. The idea is to create a wall which looks simple and straightforward but which shows the background if you look a little closer. Looking at the image in its large form on Flickr you can see the effect of the background.

I think that the idea is mid century since I have seen wall coverings from that period which I think use this method while the colours, the few that are there, do reflect mid century values.

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.

Blue Floral Squeeze

Blue floral mid-century inspired wallpaper in a tiny apartmentAt the end of July I showed this design as a swatch and said that it was a suitable design to use for a wall coverings and, at last, I have been able to produce a 3D interior design using this wallpaper.

The design owes its inspiration to various mid-century patterns that appeared in the 1960s in the United Kingdom and the colouring is mostly mid-century with the exception of the yellow which is from my expanded palette.

The set is my small apartment set that I made several years ago now and which I still use because it seems to work so well. I thought that this design might be something of a squeeze to use in this space but, happily, I was wrong and, as soon as I put the paper on the wall, I was able to see that I was on the right lines. As a colour, blue tends to make everything look cold but I think, for this small apartment, it does make it look fresh and not too tiny. Sitting back and looking at the finished image I was quite pleased with the way that it had adapted to the size of the apartment.

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.

Juilleurs

Complex design in browns intended as a wallpaper patternThis is a rather complicated design and is again, I am afraid, intended as a wallpaper pattern to be used as a feature or, perhaps, as there’s not too much contrast in the colour, as an all over design.

The pattern has a simple repeat but is intended to be used either way up which means that it will also make a useful fabric. I did experiment with different background colours and it may be that I will produce this design with a darker background with the intention of using it as, for example, a curtain fabric.

The inspiration for the design is, as you will realise, the 1960s in the UK while the colouring is taken both from the 1960s and from my expanded palette.

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.