Unusual Mid-Century Kitchen Wallpaper

One of the nice things about the mid-century was the amount of experimentation that went on to produce and refine different designs and patterns.

I am still having problems with my elbow which prevents me from drawing although it does not, thankfully, prevent me from using the computer and so, with the advent of Filter Forge 5, I have been experimenting again with the filters.

This pattern was made using the Colourful flakes filter byCTextures and was designed as wallpaper for use in the kitchen. The set used is my 1950s kitchen set and the paper is shown in both light and dark styles to show the difference between the two.

During the mid-century period in the UK there were a lot of more unusual styles that appeared and I feel that this, together with its mid-century colouring, would have fitted in well. It is a busy paper with plenty going on which I think looks well in a kitchen designed very much for work.

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

A Mid-Century Flowered Fabric


if there is one thing that characterizes the mid-century, at least in so far as the UK is concerned, it is the use of the stylized flower.

This is a design of flowers using nice, simple mid-century colors against a dark background.  For those that are interested, the background is marble green, created as a fabric using Filter Forge, while the flowers are in canary, marigold and parakeet, all of which are from the British Standard for colours which would have been in use at the time.

On previous occasions I have used a model from Daz Studio and applied the pattern as a texture to the dress.  I have never been particularly happy with the result which, in my opinion, looks to have less than the realism which I would like.  Despite the new Iray renderer I have still been unable to obtain a realistic looking image and so I have shown the pattern as a length of material on our Flickr page.  One of the advantages of using 3D is being able to show how a pattern looks when applied to an object, be it human or architectural.  In my view this takes the pattern makers art beyond that of just creating designs on paper to seeing how they can be used in a real life situation.

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

Very Mid-Century Living Room Wallpaper


Is it possible to use the Java Processing toolkit to make a wallpaper designed in a mid-century style?

You bet it is! I created this design using mid-century colours and an overall sense of mid-century style with the intention of using it in my 1960s living room set.

As soon as I had completed the render I was surprised at how authentic and realistic it looked and after some tweaking to the curtains I was able to produce the image shown above. Although not inspired by any particular patterning I’m sure that this is reminiscent of a mid-century designed interior and I have to admit to being pleased with the result.

The mid-century in the UK was a time of considerable experimentation with the use of patterns although, interestingly, colours seem to have remained, at least for the first half, more or less consistent with the colours that had been used earlier. The pattern in this design is a complex one but overall the final result is one that is, I think, pleasing and suitable for a busy family living room.

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

Bright Mid-century Wallpaper

Mid-century Wallpaper

This is a very simple but extremely effective mid-century style wallpaper developed using original colours from the period.

Simple but bold designs like this were often used in the lead up to the organised chaos that was the late 1960s and early 1970s styles of surface patterns. What I like about this design is that it shows up the dimensions and look of the room without (totally) overshadowing it. Yes, it is bright and yes, I agree, it is bold but the overall look in the room is one of summer and excitement and colour which was a feature of the early mid-century. I know I have said this before but much of the rationale behind mid-century design was a reaction to the Second World War and a desire for smart, new, modern design. I have to say it that this is a feature that appears to be lacking in many modern interiors today.

So, like it or loathe it, it is based very firmly on mid-century roots and this room is the way that many rooms would have looked at the time.

The design was made in Adobe Illustrator while the image was prepared in Cinema 4D using a set which I have used often before, my mid-century living room.

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

Mid-Century Style Wallpaper

Mid-Century Style Wallpaper

The thing that got me hooked into creating textures for 3D work was not the obvious skin or rock textures but period patterns such as the one shown above.

This pattern is a very simple repeat of a small motif which is brought to life by the mid-century colours that are used. These colours are based on the British Standard set of colours created in the 1950s and which were subsequently updated and amended many times over the years and decades that followed. Of all the patterns that I have created recently this is, I suppose, the one which looks the most ‘mid-century’ of all of them.

This set is, perhaps, a new one to you although it is a different view of the living room set created to resemble that of a BBC television series of the time. The room is based on the front room of Bob and Thelma Ferris on the Elm Lodge housing estate.

As ever, the set was created in Cinema 4D, the pattern being made in Xara while there is some slight adjustments made using Photoshop.

You can 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.

mid-century lino

I had a little (unexpected) time today and so I decided to develop the theme began yesterday and show the way that lino was heading towards the end of the mid-century decade.

Computer problems take your mind away from what you are doing but they also give you a little expected free time which you can use. Linoleum began to be popular at the turn-of-the-century and a good many formal designs were created during the 1920s and 30s and up to the outbreak of the Second World War. After the war, lino continue to be made using these type of designs as I showed yesterday.

However the 1950s gave way to a very exciting decade in which design moved forward at a hectic and sometimes alarming rate. Much of the work that was done at that time was never carried forward into the succeeding decades and so much of it is lost.

During the 1960s the newspapers and the television was full of the scientific discoveries that were being made, particularly atomic one. The new designers that were then starting work were influenced by what they saw and produced some spectacular and inventive artwork.

Some of the scientific work depicted the results of atom smashing, something that is taken for granted today but which at that time seemed almost science-fiction. This lino is inspired by some of the patterns that appeared which show these explosions beautified in the minds of the designers.

I have deliberately kept the scale of the pattern quite large which I think is consistent with the way that linoleum was produced at that time. The pattern was made in Adobe Illustrator but the background is a seamless tile produced in Filter Forge.

I have to admit to being rather pleasantly surprised at the look of the pattern on the floor, particularly with its mid-century appeal and colouring. I also created the pattern with a different background and those two patterns appear as swatches on my Flickr page.

A large version of this image is on my Flickr page which is here.