Three VHS Films

Three VHS videos ready to watch in 1989Continuing the 1980s theme, here are three VHS videos ready to put in the player in order to watch tonight. The VHS, or Video Home System, was developed in Japan in the 1970s and appeared during the 1980s in the United Kingdom. It was a very popular way of purchasing and watching films, requiring just a suitable video player and, when you see the 1989 house, you will see that one is provided.

The view above is of the three films – yes, three, for Modance the house owner has purchased two copies, perhaps it was a film that he and his wife both wanted to see and each purchased a copy on the same day! However the three videos are shown arranged on a table ready for use.

The 3D scene was created in Cinema 4D, the images for the videos being made with Affinity Designer. The images used on the covers were made using Daz Studio and are created using Genesis 2 figures, the final render made using Iray.

I have uploaded to Flickr a copy of the actual images used for each video showing both the front back and sides. Note that only Modance has an image front and back since Paivaa and Maailman Vahincoa are only shown with their upper surfaces visible and they will be used in the same way in the final image of the 1989 living room.

Creating the images and the artwork for these simple objects required some research and was both interesting and took me back to the days many years ago when I sat in a classroom and created similar DTP artwork using a program called ClarisWorks on the Mac. Something which I remember with fondness but which seems, and perhaps now was, a whole world away from today.

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.

Tap-Man

Arcade type game screenShort phrase illustrating the font News706A major revolution happened in the 1980s with arcade games and this was spearheaded, in particular, by one game developed originally in Japan and which subsequently appeared all over the world. Unfortunately I have never been able to play games on a computer because I have problems with the flashing graphics and with the sound but if I were then this is one game that I would probably have enjoyed.

Okay, I am not going to incorporate this in the 1989 room or, indeed, in any of the 1980s work that I and doing but, it is part of that decade’s heritage and thus I thought I would take a few minutes and create my own version. Never having played the game I realise now that there are some issues but nevertheless it was an interesting exercise to do and something different to create.

The font used is News706 designed by Jackson Burke who from 1949 to 1963 was director of type development for Mergenthaler-Linotype, an important firm who developed the font, Trade Gothic, that appears just about everywhere. To illustrate the font I have included a demonstration using one of my favourite short(ish) pangrams.

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.

Curtains For The 1989 House

Design in light yellow of medium size motifs for use as curtaining in the 1989 living room3D model of curtains in a hotel or function roomWe have the wallpaper, now this is the design for the curtains for the 1989 living room. There has always been, at least in mid-century times, a possibility of using the same fabric for various soft furnishings about the house so this curtain material could appear as cushions, or even as loose covers for a sofa or easy chair. I have not yet completed the design for the furniture although it may well be that I will use this pattern as the fabric for a cushion.

The design is a simple one and uses a motif that is a stylised version of a motif that goes back beyond Victorian times to the 17th century in the United Kingdom. If you look at designs that are used for fabric patterns, you will find that there are many motifs that owe their existence to the patterns created many, many centuries ago.

The colours are simple colours, the type of hues that would have been available to a designer at that time. The 1980s and 90s was on the cusp of the transition between ‘decorated’ interiors and the type of interior that we see today, which show much less decoration and more solid colours.

For that reason the pattern, as with the wallcovering, is created simply and easily without too much contrast in the colours or in the pattern. I have to admit to a liking for simple and easy design as much as I do the riotous and devil-may-care designs of the 1960s.

You, in fact, don’t see that much of the curtains in the room and so, to show the design better, I have used the curtains in this rather old set which was designed to resemble a large hotel or function room.

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.

New Wallpaper aff306

aff306 43To go with the new room, I have created a new wallpaper surface pattern which you see above. There is nothing special about this pattern, it follows simple mid-century lines and styles although the colouring uses one of my new palettes. I have used my old, mid-century colours for quite some time now and I have, in the last few months, been updating the colours and creating several new palettes.

Before I apply the wallpaper to the wall I have to create some furniture for the room which will probably occupy me for the rest of this week. Hopefully, in the interim, I will have some new patterns to show here.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors and my interior 3D work on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet Swatch

The 1970s was a time to calm down the hectic riot of the mid-century decades before and concentrate on living perhaps a little more gracefully yet enjoying the ideas and innovations that the 1960s had brought.

One motif that the 1970s seemed to like was the circle and it appeared in wallpaper designs and elsewhere. This pattern, I have chosen to use it for carpet, is the sort of design that I think you would have been able to see in most carpet shops of the period.

My notes give me a long list of the motif colours as crimson, Pacific blue, orange, poppy red, eau de nil, mustard, oxlip, chocolate, golden brown, mimosa and lovely montella. As I frequently say, I often find myself changing colours and I forget to update the notes. In this case it looks as if all the colours mentioned did not make into the final design although by the look of it most did.

The background is an image rather than a solid colour intended to give more of an impression of carpet texture – you can see this better in the additional detail image on my Flickr account. Note that although the design is very 1970s, the set is more modern, designed and coloured to show off the carpet as well as I am able.

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

Parents Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Parents Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Parents Mid-Century Wallpaper

An interesting title, perhaps, but when I created this it was in response to several wallpaper designs from the 1950s that I knew would be the sort of designs that parents choose.

It is also, of course, the type of restful and non-confrontational design that many house owners of the time could have chosen because of its simplicity and its charm. The pattern is a classic idea using mid-century colours, although the motifs are my own (in fact, they are more modern on reflection than I intended). The overall look is perhaps a little stately but also a lot restful and I always think that this style of pattern makes the rooms look higher and airier.

The effect, in this 1950s dining room, is graceful and more than a little alluring. To be honest, it is the sort of look that does even today appeal to me.

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