Ranger Seating

Transport seatingaff123If you go far enough you often find that what began at the beginning comes round to meet you once again. One of the things that I began doing many years ago was designing patterns for commercial vehicle seating and using this as a texture in 3D models.

This model, it is the Ranger model from Daz imported into Cinema 4D, is not really a commercial vehicle but it does, I think, take this pattern quite well. The design was made specifically for vehicle seating and, once again, it has a definite purpose.

For seating which is used on a short journey it is useful to create bold, colourful designs which will inspire and enliven the user (and otherwise keep them awake). You can see patterns like this used on buses and short-haul trains. Where the transport is likely to be used over a longer period, for example long train journeys or automobiles, it is probably better to design something that is a little more restful although perhaps equally stimulating.

This design is intentionally a little quirky and is intended to beautify the interior of the vehicle and at the same time provide a fabric which will help to make a long journey restful.

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.

Green Mid-Century Bus Seats

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Green Mid-Century Bus Seats

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Green Mid-Century Bus Seats Swatch

You will know that I like to design seat textures particularly for public transport and this texture was created just for the bus seats in my mid-century styled omnibus.

There is nothing remarkable about the motif or the colours used they are, as you would expect, mid-century inspired but what I liked was the way it all went together to give a very effective and authentic, I think, look.

The seats are simple but are intended to give the feel of a British bus and the fabric pattern uses motifs that are, I feel, similar to mid-century patterns while the colours, of course, are from the mid-century palette. And, according to my notes made at the time, they are: a background of marble green with Pacific blue, moss green, nightshade and brass.

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.

Another Railway Seat Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Another Railway Seat Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Another Railway Seat Pattern Swatch

The patterning on transport seats has changed a lot over half a century with the motifs and colours becoming much more vivid and exciting which is not to say that mid-century patterns were dull and uninteresting.

This pattern is intended to join both the mid-century liking for the simple repeat with the modern practice of using bolder and more striking colouring. In fact, the colours are taken directly from the mid-century palette – they are midnight blue and brass.

The intention behind this pattern is to create a seating that is both inviting to passengers and which is also stimulating and likely to create an enjoyable experience. The design is perhaps more suited to short journeys rather than long ones and, although shown here on a train, the pattern would be equally suitable for buses or possibly for waterborne use.

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.

Railway Seat Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Railway Seat Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Railway Seat Pattern Swatch

Mid-century trains had some really nice patterning on the seats and a lot of it was made by well-known and influential artists, many of whom went on to become household names in the 1950s and 60s.

The set for this pattern uses a rather nice carriage that I got from Daz 3D and represents the sort of corridor train that would have been a common sight mid-century. The pattern is a strong one, probably too strong to be used as curtaining or as cushions but as a seat in a train it is ideal. The carriages were not particularly well lit and so bright colours could be used along with bold patterns. This pattern uses Post Office red, a mid-century British Standard colour which makes the seats look inviting and interesting for the passengers.

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.

Intriguing Train Seat Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Intriguing Train Seat Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Intriguing Train Seat Pattern Swatch

This is another transportation pattern which was, in fact, designed from the ground up as a pattern for train seats, either as doubles or multiple.

I did try this pattern as seating for a bus and in various background colours but the result you see was the best looking pattern and the best looking application.

The pattern is intended to be used at a relatively small-scale and to give seats an individual look without making them look eye-catching or gaudy. The design was intended for relatively long travel rather than short-term bus routes.

The only problem with patterns of this nature is cleanliness and therefore a careful choice of material would have to be made. That said, I believe that this pattern is worth consideration since, as you can see above, the effect is such a pleasant one. I have included on my Flickr page a detail image which shows a close-up of the pattern used on the train seats.

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

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transportation fabric

transportation fabric

It’s time we had a transportation fabric and this is an excellent, simple, yet highly effective fabric shown as a seat cover.

The two colours show quite different looks to the fabric which is deliberately used at a larger scale than I normally use to create the effect.

Although not at the forefront of design, I enjoy making transportation fabrics for their own sake. The design was made in Adobe Illustrator and the image created in Daz Studio 4.7 using the Maxis car available from the Daz website.

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A mid-century inspired transportation fabric

A mid-century inspired transportation fabric

A mid-century inspired transportation fabric

The Maxis car has a slightly regal look today with a new and exciting transportation fabric shown here in two quite different colours.

I enjoy, as you probably know, making transportation fabrics and this one was a joy to make. It is designed using mid-century motifs and designs which give it a sort of monogrammed look. I have shown it in two colours which give the interior of the car a quite different feel and which show well the versatility of the small-repeat patterns that I like so much. I have also used the alternative colouring for the Maxis car.

The design was made in Adobe Illustrator and the images were produced with Daz Studio 4.7 using the Maxis vehicle which is available from Daz.