1950’s Furnishing Fabric

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Furnishing Fabric

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Furnishing Fabric

Work is proceeding well on the 1950’s rooms with the bedroom and dining areas almost complete and work now in progress on the living room.

The image above displays the fabric that will be used for the living room sofa and has been developed to resemble, I hope, the type of textile that would have been available to a furniture manufacturer at that time.

Research in books and on the internet seems to show that fabric was mostly plain at this time although I am not sure this was the case. Before the war, furniture was very soberly patterned using in many cases a rather non-descript and non-confrontational floral. The reason for this was partly fashion and partly, I believe, because rooms were created darker with both less natural and less artificial light. After the war, rooms began to have larger and less cluttered windows and there appears to have been a definite trend for letting in as much light into as possible. Advances in lightbulb technology also meant that 100 watt bulbs were relatively cheap and so rooms were also quite light at night.

Because rooms became brighter and because of the optimism and general euphoria of the 1950s, furniture in general tended to become lighter in both colour and design. As the decade changed to the 1960s, furnishings began to use more interesting and less usual colours, for example, a very light grey was used – a trend that still exists today. These colours made people more conscious of the decorations in the room and, with the new interest in DIY, this led to interior design being within the scope of every household.

To foreshadow this trend, I have created a non-complex – all right, simple – pattern that creates a striped effect on the furniture. I have used quite a light colour which, as you will see later, looks good and correct in the living room.

I always keep notes of the colours I use for patterns although occasionally if I change colours I can forget to update them. However, this time I am confident that my notes are accurate so the background is graphite with the circles being middle brown, Congo brown, mid Brunswick Green, marble green and finally dark Admiralty grey. This seems a lot of colours for very little effect although it does create what I think is a pleasant, engaging and attractive striped design.

As the living room set is still under construction I have shown the pattern on a sofa and chair in my standard furniture set. As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Danish Chair Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Danish Chair Pattern:

Mid-century inspired pattern

Danish Chair Pattern Swatch

Firstly, there is nothing Danish about this pattern, it is simply a pattern that I created to go on some Danish style mid-century chairs that I recently constructed.

The design has its roots firmly in mid-century ideas and uses mid-century colours in order to produce a pleasing yet not eye-catching pattern that was intended for either sofas or chairs. As I had recently finished building a mid-century chair that is based loosely on Danish chairs I decided to try the pattern and see if I liked the result.

I did like the result and decided that it was not necessary to use a sofa and I hope you find this design pleasing, too.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Floral Furnishing Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Floral Furnishing Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Floral Furnishing Fabric Swatch

Florals are things that I tend to stay away from although this pattern is composed of quite highly stylised flowers; the sort of designs I like and tend to do a lot of.

This design was intended for the outset to be used as a furnishing fabric, particularly on a sofa. The design is inspired by mid-century motifs but perhaps more inspired by mid-century colours and by that mid-century look which everyone knows but which is so hard to emulate.

The set is my simple living room set which you will note has a carpet on the floor rather than floorboards. People have commented on this but wooden floorboards tend to be quite reflective and I find it takes the viewer’s eye from the furniture and also makes the lighting difficult so I tend to use a non-reflective floor covering.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

A Pattern Sophisticated And Square

Midcentury Pattern Barham

Midcentury Pattern Barham

Mid-century patterns have an elegance and sophistication all of their own which seems to, not just endure over the years, but become stronger as the decades advance.

There were many patterns like this created in mid-century UK and the design has lasted down the years until today. Barham is a simple pattern which uses easy shapes coupled with colours from the British Standard palette which was in use at the time. The effect is to produce an ‘all over’ pattern that can be used today for a variety of purposes.

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

Mid-Century Style Cushion Fabric

One difference between now and mid-century is that there almost always was some pattern on the cushions at that time.

With this in mind we decided to create some mid-century inspired patterns that could be used as fabric for cushions or soft furnishings. This particular one uses simple lines and circles – which are often the most effective pattern elements – along with genuine mid-century colours.

The pattern itself is designed to be used in the small rather than as a tiled pattern on, for example, a wall. The set is a small detail of the Hotel set created in Cinema 4D while the design was created in Adobe Illustrator.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

New Cushions

I have to admit I’m a little busy doing other things this week but I found a few hours to create another pattern in the rain series.

The design is shown here as a fabric used for some cushions on the sofa of the hotel room that I have used before. For a change, the design was created in Zara Designer (which I was using at the time for another project) while the set is the hotel room created in Cinema 4D.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

New Upholstery Fabric

I was looking for a fabric for lounge furniture yesterday and I realized that I didn’t quite have the right color so I decided to make some new textures.

The texture above is made with Filter Forge using the filter Fabric Frenzy created by DreamWarrior. Note that this is the first filter and not the equally good Fabric Frenzy II.

I must admit to being pleased with the result which created just the right sort of mid-century furnishing look that I was after. Rather than simply make one texture I did, as I usually do, create a whole range of textures in various colors and so you may see these used on other interiors that I make.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.