1970s sofa chair fabric pattern

I created a new pattern for the fabric shown on the 1970s sofa and chair and this pattern is displayed in the images above in a little more detail.

The 1970s period was full of innovation in patterns, much of which reflected the forward-looking artwork of the day. However, in my view, the patterning on furniture remained less innovative and drew more on classic, mid-century styling. For that reason, I created a pattern which is a simple, mid-century floral.

Have I make the pattern larger, and perhaps bolder than would have been appropriate in the early 1970s? Perhaps I have because I also had an eye to making this product look more appealing to a modern-day audience. Does that mean that it would have been less interesting if it were being offered for sale at that time? In my view, purchasers would be just as excited by the look created by the pattern and the way it emphasises the dimensions of the sofa and the chair. However, perhaps you might say that I would say that wouldn’t I!

If you wish, 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.

1970s Sofa And Chair

Although I create and show here patterns, I am also interested in mid-century interior design and in the look and feel that was generated in the United Kingdom during that period of time from the 1950s until the early 1980s. Looking through some old catalogues recently, I came upon this design for a sofa and chair which looked so mid-century that I just had to create it.

The furniture was available in either teak or white wood and the illustrations above show both examples. But not only was this so mid-century, my immediate thought was that both the furniture and the small units would look perfect in a modern living room.

As you will probably know, I am not a fan of wooden floors and so I created a small room which is fully carpeted and I have, of course, used my own patterns for the carpet, the upholstery, the wallpaper and the curtains. These patterns were designed to look mid-century but they were also designed with an eye to the present day and I believe that a room decorated like this could exist in a modern house. I will, perhaps, show the patterns that I have used in a little more detail later.

If you wish, 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.

Floral Wallpaper Aff600

The mid-century years in the UK generated some exciting patterns that were both new and very different to the patterns that had gone before. This was largely due to the emerging pool of young talent would go on to change the way patterns are produced for the next several decades. However, it would be wrong to think that this was a time of great general change because the patterns that had been developed from the previous decades were still there and still very much in demand.

This design is a simple floral wallpaper pattern which would still have been popular mid-century and for many householders it was the type of pattern that they would have preferred on their walls.

The design is, I suppose, mid-century but equally looks back to turn-of-the-century ideas although the colouring places it very much in the United Kingdom in the 1950s or 1960s. I have to be honest, I never was a great fan of floral design although, to be fair, I have enjoyed creating this and in order to balance my output of work I will try and create some similar designs in the future.

If you wish, 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.

Aff438 Pattern

Thinking about the idea of a new Belle Epoque set of patterns, I decided to look at the sort of designs created in the United Kingdom in the 1950s. They were, it has to be said, quite varied although these days the vast majority of patterns of this type tend to just use one or two particular shapes and a handful of colours.

With this in mind, I have created a design which suggests the 1950s and uses very straightforward shapes which would have been used at that time with colours which are definitely from the mid-century range of colours used in the 1950s. Patterns like this are difficult to use as fabric but they do make exceptionally good wall coverings which is why I intend to try and make this into a wallpaper which I will hopefully show later.

If you wish, 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.

Aff417 Upholstery

Making upholstery patterns for sofas and chairs is an important part of pattern making and often it is not wanted to make the patterns too intrusive or too noticeable. This design was intended as furnishing fabric to be used on a fairly small-scale so that it is pleasant but not overly apparent.

The motifs are mid-century, as is the colouring and the pattern is a simple fast repeat of two motifs which are very regular and, I hope, pleasing to the eye.

Designs like this are never going to be headline designs but they are very much the normal, average patterns that you so often find now, and did find mid-century, doing regular day-on-day service on furniture.

If you wish, 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.

Aff415 Boats

This is a normal boat pattern of which every British decade, even the mid-century ones, have produced numerous examples possibly showing the importance of the sea to the United Kingdom.

There is nothing special about this pattern, the motifs are fairly standard and, you will expect this by now, the colouring is taken from my mid-century palette. The pattern was created primarily for fashion or soft furnishings although, to be honest, it is a design which I have not used and perhaps never will.

What is nice is the gentle flow of the boats and the restfulness of the whole image, an effect which I was not intentionally trying to create but which, nevertheless, is very welcome.

If you wish, 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.

Aff414 Seventies Flowers

This was designed to be a wallcovering, probably for a feature wall, and uses for its inspiration the type of pattern and the type of motif that was used in the United Kingdom in the 1970s.

The flowers are quite stylised and the design is intended to look ‘solid’ when seen from within the room as a visitor. In fact, once this design was finished, I realised that it had the potential to be used as a regular pattern for homeware and fashion products.

The colours are from my extended, mid-century palette and, of course, the background colour can be changed to suit the purpose. For some rooms it may be better to use a light background, particularly if it is intended to use this as wallpaper on more than one wall, or part of a wall rather than as a feature.

If you wish, 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.