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.

A Detailed Mid-Century Style Furnishing Fabric

There are two things that we like at 20th Century 3D, one is mid-century inspired designs and the other is small repeats.

This furnishing design is both inspired by the fabrics produced in the 1950s and 1960s and also has the advantage of being a small repeat. Like all small repeats, the pattern itself is a very simple one where the effect as a furnishing fabric is quite subtle. At close quarters, that is when you are sitting on, or about to sit on, the furniture you see the whole of the pattern. From a distance, however, the pattern can look quite different.

On our Flickr page, which is here, you can see larger versions of the illustrations above together with a detailed picture. Although I originally intended the pattern to be used at a smaller scale, I decided that, at the scale shown, it seemed to look its best.

A Useful Mid-Century Check


One thing I have been trying to do is to make realistic looking check patterns primarily as textures for furniture and general furnishings in a 3D program

The big problem is not in making the check pattern, this is usually quite easy, but it is in making the resulting pattern look as though it is a realistic texture for use on 3D surfaces. Usually the end result looks as though it is 2D masquerading as 3D – which of course it is. Even with the use of a drawing program it is not always easy to create textures with a realistic look to them.

With processing, however, it is far easier to make the image look like a texture and hopefully this is what the illustration above and the images on our Flickr page look like. The order to create this image, the bands are made from closely spaced lines which give the appearance of texture. Combined with a background image created in Filter Forge which resembles material, this gives what I think is a quite realistic check for use as a furnishing pattern.

On our Flickr page you can see larger images but also the same pattern in a different color along with some swatches.

If it helps anyone, the code is shown below:

void setup() {
 size(1000, 1000) ;
 PImage bg ;
 bg = loadImage("068.jpg") ; // mable green
 image(bg, 0, 0) ;
 olive = color(#6D5D2F) ;
 stroke(olive, 255) ;
 strokeWeight(1) ;
 for(int i = 0 ; i < 500 ; i+= 2) {
 line(0, 250 + i, 1000, 250 + i) ;
for(int i = 0 ; i < 500 ; i+= 2) {
 line(250 + i, 0, 250 + i, 1000) ;
// perimeter lines acrodss
 chocolate = color(#352522) ;
 strokeWeight(10) ;
 stroke(chocolate, 200) ;
 line(0, 244, 1000, 244) ;
 line(0, 754, 1000, 754) ;
// down
 line(244, 0, 244, 1000) ;
 line(754, 0, 754, 1000) ;

A Useful Mid-Century Plaid


Plaid patterns are very useful and have been in existence for many years including, of course, a variety of mid-century plaids.

I have to be honest with you and admit that I am very pleased with this design as I have tried over the years to make check and plaid patterns in both Adobe Illustrator and other drawing programs that I use without a lot of success. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was quite easy to make the pattern in Processing – after a little trial and error to get the rectangles to fit. There is nothing special about my scrappy coding and if it helps anyone I reproduce it below.

// sketch 21
 void setup() {
 size(1000, 1000) ;
 background(#187198, 255) ; // Pacific blue
 // green
 noStroke() ;
 fill(#008C50, 150) ; // Paris green
 rect(400, 0, 200, 1000) ;
 rect(0, 400, 1000, 200) ;
 // black
 noStroke() ;
 fill(#2B3E33, 150) ; // marble green
 rect(600, 0, 40, 1000) ;
 rect(360, 0, 40, 1000) ;
 rect(0, 360, 1000, 40) ;
 rect(0, 600, 1000, 40) ;
 // red
 noStroke() ;
 fill(#92252A, 150) ; // post office red
 rect(480, 0, 40, 1000) ;
 rect(0, 480, 1000, 40) ;
 // yellow
 noStroke() ;
 fill(#F0DA5E, 100) ; // jasmine
 rect(0, -20, 1040, 40) ;
 rect(0, 980, 1000, 40) ;
 rect(-20, 0, 40, 1000) ;
 rect(980, 0, 40, 1000) ;

On our Flickr page, which is here, there are larger versions of images together with swatches and a different colour variation. Note that sketch 21 does not use a background image where sketch 22 (see it on Flickr) does use a background image in maroon made to resemble a fabric using Filter Forge. It interesting to compare the effect that a background image makes.

A Furnishing Fabric


One advantage of Processing is that it produces quite complex patterns quickly and easily and the result of this is shown in this furnishing example.

To produce this pattern conventionally would take quite some time although the pattern is easy to make in Processing and there is also the advantage that it is simple to change the colours and the shapes.

I used a different set in Cinema 4D and once again I was extremely pleased with the result having created perhaps one of the better furnishing patterns that we create here. Just a small image is shown above with a full size image on Flickr along with a detail image which shows the pattern more clearly as well as the Swatch – the link is below.

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

Furnishing Fabric Ai262

Furnishing Fabric

This is a very nice one-off fabric that I made with the intention of using it in this particular set.

Although contemporary in look, this design and its motifs, and to an extent the colours, date to mid-century styles and patterns produced in the 1950s and 60s.

This is my modern-day, contemporary penthouse suite and I wanted a pattern that would be noticeable and attractive to the eye without taking the design too far. This pattern, I believe, both draws the eye and creates a good-looking environment for the furniture user.

The pattern was made in only one colour although, of course, the possibility exists to use other colour schemes, although I have a feeling that they may not be as successful as this one. Making patterns for furnishing can be particularly difficult but I am pleased that this one seems, in my view at least, to have succeeded.

As above, this set is my penthouse set and the final image was created and rendered in Cinema 4D with a little extra work in Photoshop.

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