Cinema 4D Irawan Cloth Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Since release 16 (I think) Cinema 4D has had its own cloth shader in the reflectance channel, the Irawan Shader, and I have been waiting for a good time to try it out.

Well, that time has arrived and the post yesterday used that shader for both the material on the sofa and the carpet. For those interested in such things I have posted above (and on Flickr) a detail of the image which shows the effect better.

For both textures I used only the reflectance channel, using a coloured layer mask in much the same way that C4D use for their sample materials. Yes, I know there is some moiré which, if I was clever, I would have got rid of by upping the anti-aliasing but overall, I am pleased with the effect.

Colourful Cottage Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Colourful Cottage Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Colourful Cottage Curtains Swatch

The mid-century period in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, was a time when there was an outpouring of the creativity which had remained bottled and subdued from the wartime decades.

This creativity tended to produce some quirky and imaginative designs, much of which found its way into fashion fabrics although fabrics for furnishing, curtaining and similar household needs tended to be perhaps a little less ebullient.

This design hopes to redress the balance and provide an interesting and perhaps humorous pattern based fundamentally on mid-century ideas and which uses colours from the mid-century British palette. The colours are strong and vibrant and the pattern bright and cheerful and so the obvious place for this was in my cottage living room as curtains.

This is an interesting pattern that has a lot going on and, from a technical point of view, it is also interesting because it is the first pattern that I have made using Serif Affinity Designer rather than my usual Adobe Illustrator.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Curtain Fabric Mauve

Mid-century inspired pattern

Curtain Fabric Mauve

Mid-century inspired pattern

Curtain Fabric Mauve Swatch

I decided to make a design that, whilst mid-century in inspiration and in feeling, had perhaps a more modern look.

The background colour mauve is not a mid-century colour. There are various blues but the colouring does not extend far enough and so this was an interesting project for me in which I explored some new ground.

The pattern placed on the background is much more mid-century as are the colours and, if you change the background, the resulting pattern would not look out of place in the 1960s. On my Flickr page I have included a swatch which shows the same pattern but with a plain midnight blue mid-century background rather than the mauve muted tartan. If you look at this you will see exactly what I mean.

In fact, having thought about this, I will post tomorrow the same scene but this time with the midnight blue pattern curtain so that you can decide for yourself which one you prefer.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Furnishing Pattern On A Small Scale

Mid-century inspired pattern

Furnishing Pattern On A Small Scale

Mid-century inspired pattern

Furnishing Pattern On A Small Scale swatch

I know hardly anybody else seems to do this, but I like to do is diversify, for example by creating transport patterns and patterns for furniture coverings.

An important point that seems to be forgotten by many people is that patterns intended for coaches and bus seats need to be designed for that purpose rather than using a general-purpose design. It is for this reason that I try where possible to show how my patterns look on the intended product.

In this case, the product is a sofa and the image is taken from a 3D set made with Cinema 4D. From the outset, this was designed to be a small scale pattern intended to soften and show off the outlines of the sofa and, hopefully, to make it look inviting to both visitors and homeowners alike.

The pattern does bear some resemblance at a large-scale to mid-century patterns created in the 1970 and the colouring is also very close to the mid-century palette, close enough to justify, I feel, the hashtag midcenturyinspired.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Brown Bedroom

Mid-century inspired pattern

Brown Bedroom

Mid-century inspired pattern

Brown Bedroom

Modern design tends to have bedrooms which are, in my opinion, a little bland and cold and not as homely as I would like. Many of them are not the sort of space in which I would like to awaken each day.

The designs of the 1950s and 60s in the UK, from which I take my inspiration, were quite the opposite, delighting in the use of patterns to breakup and beautify large areas of wall or wood. Whilst I would not want to see a return to the excesses of mid-century pattern usage (for example the late 1960s and early 1970s), I do think interior spaces could be made to look nicer without sacrificing the ideas of modern design.

The bedroom above, which is one of my standard sets, has a patterned wall but the pattern uses quite a small scale in order not to dominate. Aside from this pattern, the remaining walls and the curtain are pattern free. Using a small scale like this on the wall does not catch the eye but it does, in my view, create a much more restful and inviting look to the space.

The pattern also has a horizontal sense to it given by the yellow components and this, I hope, tends to take the eye across the room rather than up-and-down and so enhances the room’s dimensions. The main motif is relieved by the interior circles to give it a slightly intriguing and more interesting look.

Is this a room that I would be pleased to see when I woke up each day? I believe that it is.

You can, should you wish, also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Small Room Big Pattern

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Small Room Big Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Small Room Big Pattern

I decided to brighten up the small apartment I recently created and treat it to a makeover to make it look less small and to hopefully give it a little more colour interest.

Since the room is small, I decided on bright colours and a large but regular repeating pattern that would catch the eye of visitors as they enter. But this is also a pattern that will not overpower the room.

The pattern and the view out of the window make a nice area in which to dine and the table and chairs are placed accordingly. Later in the day, particularly during the evening, attention shifts away from the window and once again when the room is darker the pattern behind the television should make a good backdrop for late afternoon or evening television viewing.

You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Chocolate Mid-Century Style Fabric

Now it’s a fact that not all mid-century furnishing fabrics were dull and coloured dark green as this lively design tries to show.

Using chocolate as a base – a genuine mid-century British Standard colour – this pattern is intended to look noticeable and to draw the eye to the furniture on which it is used. Although I do like small, fast repeats and less contrast fabrics, every now and again I also like to splash out and use something eye-catching and different.

This is the sort of fabric that might have been available mid-century for use on a feature piece of furniture and it is shown here on a mid-century style sofa and chair.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.