1980s Fashion Pattern

1980s fashion patternI am in the process of producing the first image for the 1980s room which I hope will be finished shortly as, while I am dictating this, the image is being processed.

Whilst we wait, I was looking through some 1980s photographs and I saw a pattern on a dress which particularly caught my eye. The pattern was at a very small-scale and those who know me will know that I particularly like fast repeats. I therefore created a similar pattern and spent some time to get the pattern to look at least a little random. Anyone who creates surface patterns will know that it is all too easy to end up with a pattern which, when looked at from a distance, appears to have lines or boxes where there should just be pattern.

I have no real intention of using the design as a fashion pattern although I might have a look again at the mannequins that I produced some time back to see if it is possible to make those look good enough. The pattern was created using Affinity Designer.

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.

Wallpaper For The 1989 House

1980s style wallpaper surface patternImage of 3D model of a 1980s house interiorAlthough I create surface patterns, and have been doing so for some time, my main interest is in producing 3D period interior visualisations. At the moment I am working on a 1989 room which, since I am Midcentury Styles, is right at the top of my period of interest.

Of course, producing architectural visualisations, particularly of interiors, requires a good deal more work and it will be a few more weeks before the room is finished. The purpose of the room is to show a living area as it would have been at that time rather than to produce a museum type room showing just 1980s furniture and patterns.

At last, the room is at a point where I can begin producing surface patterns for the walls and for some of the fabrics. The images above show the wallcovering and a later image will show the fabric I have so far designed for the curtains and other soft furnishings. The wallpaper is a simple wallpaper and the colouring is a suitable colouring for the period and is taken from one of the colours in the suite. Again I have designed the pattern for the suite and I will show this in more detail in a later post.

The 1980s was really the last time that rooms looked attractive, decorated and designed for living rather than looking architectural, boring and unoriginal. A few years later, as the nineties wore on, carpet had been replaced with floorboards and the even worse laminated flooring which, fortunately, is set to disappear over the next few years. The walls, too, were heading away from patterns towards simple, solid, painted, colouring and, in keeping with this trend, I have designed the wallpaper to show the minimum of pattern. Sadly, curtains too to would suffer the same fate and become just coloured slabs of fabric although for the moment patterns were still available.

I have recently acquired images of the covers for various IKEA catalogues, mostly from Scandinavia, over the entire 1980s decade which I am excited about. I also have also ordered a book which I hope will give me some illustrations of furniture and soft furnishings obtainable from the range of Habitat stores. It is these two outlets that produced much of the furniture for the 1980s and certainly provided a lot of the furniture in my own house at the time. In keeping with this I hope to be able to produce either alternative rooms or refurnished rooms showing other 1980s furniture which will be a refreshing change from the 1960s decade that has formed the bulk of my work so far.

Now that the room is partially completed I am hoping to be able to post a little more regularly than I have been in the past few weeks.

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.

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.

Biscuit Tin Pattern

box04 testSomething a little different, at least for this blog, is this pattern which was designed especially to cover a 3D biscuit tin that I was making for an apartment scene.

The design is mid-century in its inspiration as are, to a great extent, the colours and the intention was to try to create the look of circular biscuit tins which were popular at that time. It is not apparent from the picture but the tin is 10 cm high, approximately, and about 5 cm in girth.

The actual motif for the pattern, once again, is mid-century in its inspiration and I took the leaves and part of the design to decorate the top of the tin. For anyone who is interested, the tins were made in Cinema 4D and the decoration applied with Bodypaint.

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 Bedroom Wallpaper

Bedroom wallpaper design of flowers against a light backgroundBedroom visualization using the wallpaperThis is a little different in that the wallpaper design uses a slightly different method of construction although the end result looks very straightforward.

This was created by using a separate background and the pattern is overlaid on top. The idea is to create a wall which looks simple and straightforward but which shows the background if you look a little closer. Looking at the image in its large form on Flickr you can see the effect of the background.

I think that the idea is mid century since I have seen wall coverings from that period which I think use this method while the colours, the few that are there, do reflect mid century values.

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.

Blue Floral Squeeze

Blue floral mid-century inspired wallpaper in a tiny apartmentAt the end of July I showed this design as a swatch and said that it was a suitable design to use for a wall coverings and, at last, I have been able to produce a 3D interior design using this wallpaper.

The design owes its inspiration to various mid-century patterns that appeared in the 1960s in the United Kingdom and the colouring is mostly mid-century with the exception of the yellow which is from my expanded palette.

The set is my small apartment set that I made several years ago now and which I still use because it seems to work so well. I thought that this design might be something of a squeeze to use in this space but, happily, I was wrong and, as soon as I put the paper on the wall, I was able to see that I was on the right lines. As a colour, blue tends to make everything look cold but I think, for this small apartment, it does make it look fresh and not too tiny. Sitting back and looking at the finished image I was quite pleased with the way that it had adapted to the size of the apartment.

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.