Yellow Train Seats

aff179_1000I do like creating fabric patterns for transportation, particularly when those patterns can be lively, interesting and can make a real difference to the look of the space.

This design uses mid-century colours and to an extent, mid-century motifs to produce a pattern intended to look bright and cheerful and to make the passengers journey all the more enjoyable.

The colours used are canary yellow for the base and then vanilla, mellow buff and porcelain blue with a stroke of magnolia.

If you wish then 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.

Green Fabric Design

Green Fabric DesignGreen Fabric DesignModern day furniture fabric seems to suffer from the same problem that I think plagues walls and curtains in that so much of the, for example, sofa coverings are single coloured. Whilst this architecturally looks nice, it does tend to make the furniture boring and, after a while, appear nondescript and ready for a change.

So, to counteract this, I began by deciding not to make too much change and so I chose a nice, solid green and added mid-century inspired motifs intended to complement the colour and lift it to make it more decorative. I also tried to make the pattern interesting so that the fabric could stand perhaps the test of time. The result is shown here on a typical living room sofa.

Few colours are used but they are from the mid-century palette in use at the time and are mid Brunswick green for the background and then simply chartreuse, Post Office red and brass to complete the motif.

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.

Patterned Curtain Material Design

aff165_1000aff165_01_mosaicCurtains can brighten, or otherwise change the outlook and atmosphere of a room in various ways. I like to think that this one adds to all of these considerably.

The pattern is mid-century inspired although it also has modern overtones while the colours are from the mid-century palette. According to my notes the background is golden brown while the motif uses middle brown, copra (the kernel of the coconut), montella, mustard and maple with magnolia and chocolate for the stroke.

The set is a simple one which was produced in Cinema 4D and is intended to show the pattern made into curtain material and used in a very normal living area.

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.

Green Stripes

Mid-century Inspired Patternaff156_01_mosaicFabric seems to suffer from the same problem that I feel besets wallpaper in that it, too, is often devoid of patterning in so many modern fabrics. While this is good in that it enables you to produce large areas of colour or of texture, the downside is that the rooms that it creates can seem drab, lifeless and lacking dimensionality.

I often feel, looking at images of such rooms, that I would soon tire of the surrounding or that I would feel bored and downcast at the lack of interest and stimulus.

This pattern, created in blues and greens from the mid-century palette, tries to inspire and to stimulate, bringing alive the large expanse of curtain at a window. I have deliberately chosen a simple set without the assistance of other items of furniture to show this effect.

The colours used are eau de nil for the background with Bredon green, fiesta blue and marine blue for the stripes.

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.

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