Clean Flowers

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Clean Flowers

This is a nice, clean mid-century inspired pattern that uses mid-century colours from the British Standard palette as well as shapes that have a 1950’s or maybe a 1960’s flavour.

It was designed to be simple and yet to catch the eye, so it is perhaps a little harder to choose a target for the design. I originally intended it to be for furniture but, on reflection and having now seen it, it is perhaps more suitable for soft furnishings.

It uses a background which is magnolia together with yellow, red and green but incorporating also lovely nightshade and cyclamen.

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.

Leaves And Things Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Leaves And Things Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Leaves And Things Upholstery Swatch

Furniture coverings mid-century tended to be rather drab versions of what had gone before but a few designers did turn their hands to producing something that was a little more interesting.

Looking at the designs, I tried to produce something that was mid-century inspired yet looked modern enough to be useful today. This pattern was intended as a furniture design from the outset and I tried to create something that looks warm and inviting as much as it does traditional and easy-on-the-eye.

The colours are from the mid-century palette but are a little unusual; pink haze for the background and then poppy red, tawny red, silver and finally clover leaf for the motif. Used as a covering on the sofa shown above, it looks nice, I think, against the wooden rails and arms.

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 Bedroom Walls

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Green Bedroom Walls

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Green Bedroom Walls Swatch

I like green as a colour and so did those in the mid-century years in the United Kingdom because it found its way into many pattern for wall coverings, for fabric and also for paint.

This pattern is a double repeat using chocolate for one motif and magnolia for the second one. I wanted to try to create both a faithful mid-century pattern and also one that would appeal to modern tastes and so, after some experimentation, I chose eau de nil as the background colour.

Seeing it used on the bedroom wall of my mid-century set, I have to admit to being pleased since it looks every bit midcentury as much as it does modern.

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.

Low-Key Transport Seating Pattern

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Low-Key Transport Seating Pattern

I enjoy creating seating patterns for transportation, that is for buses, coaches and train seats, both because of the challenges and also because of the limitations.

This design is intended for low-key seats, such as you might find on transport intended for longer journey times where people are exposed to the pattern for an extended period. This design, with its mid-century roots and colours is, I think, restful and yet interesting enough to be attractive to the passenger.

The colours used are from the mid-century palette and are blue-grey for the background and then Post-Office red, marine blue, tawny red and finally Pacific blue.

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.

Retrospective Dark

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Retrospective Dark

Mid-century patterns and designs were full of innovation inspired by the upsurge of new talent, the movement and mixing of artists from many cultures and, of course, from a love and appreciation of the past.

This pattern, while mid-century in its composition and style, also uses older and more formal elements for its motifs which give it, I hope, a charm and grace present in older designs.

For some reason I did not complete my notes at the time, perhaps because the colour scheme is so simple, but it looks like chocolate for the background and magnolia for the motif colour.

So far as usage is concerned, I perhaps saw this as a cool, stylish and elegant fabric that would be either for fashion or, perhaps more likely, for home furnishings such as cushions and bedwear.

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.

Tight Small Repeat Blue

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Tight Small Repeat Blue

This mid-century inspired design was intended for a fashion pattern although, having finished it, it seems that it might have more general fabric possibilities.

In essence, it is a simple design that uses a more complex motif but a simple repeating pattern that is low key on one row and punchy on the next to give the final look an interesting and varied overall structure.

I chose mid-century type motifs and used midnight blue as the background with poppy red, magnolia, brass (lovely colour) and finally clover leaf as the colours for the motif.  The final look of the design is definitely the look that I was after when I began so I am pleased with the result.

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.

Modern Mid-century

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Modern Mid-century

Mid-century patterns have a charm all their own and one that seems to resonate with so many interior home decorators today.

This design uses basic mid-century colours as well as mid-century motifs to create a simple repeated design that I have ‘scrambled’ to make it more interesting and, of course, make it more ‘modern’.

The design uses a background of off white with nightshade, reef red, fiesta blue, parakeet and canary yellow, all of which are from the mid-century palette.

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.