Mid-Century Multicolour

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Multicolour

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Multicolour Swatch

The 1950s saw a flood of new and inventive designs which were quite different and, in a way, revolutionary. At first, they were too far from the normal appetite but they began to appeal to more and more people as the decade progressed.

This design, created with Affinity Designer, was intended as a fashion pattern to use as a dress fabric on my new mannequins that I have created from Daz Studio and imported into Cinema 4D. The colours used are typical mid-century hues of chocolate, middle brown, orange, marine blue and then magnolia and lovely nightshade for the flowers.

This design uses similar motifs and colours to those used mid-century although I have tried to give this today’s much more modern and vibrant look. I wanted to create a large pattern and after some experimentation I decided on the scale that you see above which I think looks both refined and appealing.

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

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 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

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 Almost White Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black And Almost White Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black And Almost White Pattern

Black and white patterns are really almost ageless and, because of the contrast inherent in them, they produce something that is very noticeable and yet also very comforting.

Here the pattern uses the universal scrolls that have been in use for years to produce a simple yet elegant design that is used here as material for curtains in a living area. Overall, and with plain coloured walls, it does give a very nice look to the window area although, and I have to be fair and honest, now that I see the final image it might not be all that genuine mid-century.

Changing emphasis, flushed with success for my new mannequin area I wanted to use this pattern as a fashion fabric but I found that it needed just a little more work before I can do that so I will try to post it a little later.

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

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper Swatch

Mid-century, at least in the United Kingdom, was not all about riot and colour and fantastic new designs, inventions and ideas – in fact, much of it was quite mundane.

But mundane does not mean uninspired or unexciting. This design is intended to show that more traditional and perhaps you would say ‘standard’ motifs and arrangements could still be interesting, varied and good-looking. This is not intended to be a modern, up-to-the-minute 1960s room; it can be perhaps thought of as the sort of room that the majority of people would have enjoyed. It is comfortable, tasteful and not lacking in charm. However, neither is it brash, colourful and intent on keeping you awake.

The wallpaper design keeps the room light and interesting while the other elements complement rather than attempt to dominate. Perhaps this room looks more modern that mid-century but this perhaps shows that tastes do not really change, they only rotate with the years.

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