Lively Coach Seats

A lively mid-century inspired pattern used on coach seatingJourneys by public transport are, at best, boring and often unwanted since a way of beaming us from A to B would be far more preferable. However, one way to relieve the boredom and make a journey a little more pleasant is by way of seat decoration.

In the past, seating in transport has often had some form of decoration applied and, as people in the United Kingdom will know, the tube, train and bus system in the UK has had some very imaginative and interesting patterns applied to seating which was often designed by top-class artists.

For my part, I see patterns in a very broad sense, particularly as I use them in my 3D work. As such I do enjoy making patterns for seating on both public and private transport and, as you can see from the illustration above, this pattern was made for coach seats. In the past, I have often said that, for long journeys, seat patterns should be a restful, saving the more lively patterns for short journeys. I still subscribe to this view but I think society is changing and I believe that bolder patterns can now be used on long-term seating such as the coach seats in this illustration.

The pattern is a simple and open one designed to catch the travellers eye and, hopefully, make their journey a little less stressful. The inspiration for the design is mid-century as is the colouring. The coach was not made by me, since I specialise in interior visualisation, but is the Nimos coach which is available from DAZ and is an excellent and very detailed model.

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.

Bright Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bright Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bright Bus Seating Swatch

With seating designed for transport it is often useful to look at the various options available to change the scale since this can have a big impact on the overall look of the pattern.

This design is based on mid-century ideas although the colouring makes it look quite modern. I tried several scaling variations and finally decided on quite a large format. These are bus seats designed for use on buses that travel predominantly in urban areas. Here the journeys are short and the travellers often either commuters or shoppers both of whom benefit from an adventurous and stimulating travel experience.

I hoped that at this scale the design would prove inviting and of interest to both adults and child travellers. Inviting people to use public transport in towns is important and I believe that bright and colourful seating can help to encourage public transport use.

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.

Flowery Car Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowery Car Seats

I was so pleased yesterday with the result of my attempts to create once again the covers for car seats that I had to have another go today!

This car is called Prince and it, too, is a Daz model that I have exported from Daz Studio into Cinema 4D. The reason I do this is because I am better at manipulating models in C4D and I can control the lighting better.

The colours are, as ever, mid-century sourced ones and my notes give them as magnolia for the background and Paris green, golden brown and orange for the motif. I think this is a nice combination of colours and I am rather pleased with the resultant image.

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.

1960’s Influenced Car Seat Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

1960’s Influenced Car Seat Design

Just lately, over the last year or so, I have noticed that car seat fabrics are getting just a little bit more brighter and more patterned. It is a welcome trend, in my view, because patterned seat covers make a change and look much more decorative and upbeat.

This design was created a few weeks back and has waited until I was able to get the vehicle, it’s the Ranger car from Daz Studio, out of that program and exported into Cinema 4D. The design is very mid-century and uses, of course, colours from the mid-century British Standard colour palette in use at the time.

I have a liking for creating transport patterns since I often feel that there is a need to brighten up our public and private seating and make it just a little more decorative to help us feel at our best.

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.

Flowery Train Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowery Train Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowery Train Seats Swatch

These are mid-century flower-power train seats designed for suburban short-haul trains which have a quickly changing passenger population.

This pattern is inspired by the 1960’s flower power generation and is intended not to be the sort of restful pattern you might get on an intercity express where passengers were there for the duration. It is intended to be stimulating, eye-catching and to attract the passenger who is travelling a few stops and then getting off. The design is vibrant and alive, designed to keep the sitters awake and alert, waiting for their stop.

The colours are all (I think) from the British Standard 5252 but they are too numerous to list which means that this design probably could not have been printed mid-century!

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.

Domino Car Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Domino Car Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Domino Car Seats Swatch

As are most of my patterns and designs, I would like to say that this was mid-century inspired but in fact the inspiration came from a piece of artwork that I did several years ago now and happened to see again recently.

I have, as you probably know, an interest in surface patterns intended for transportation seating and I knew that it was some time since I had designed one. This was always destined to be a car interior hence the rather bland colouring and simple design. But it is unusual and quite eye-catching in an interesting way rather than a weird way.

The design is centred around dominos along with gold falling stars to give an unusual pattern that I think is also pleasing.

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.