Elements Of Each Design
For the chairs themselves I chose five main colours: Grey, Navy, Red, Teal and Yellow. The image codes use these initial letters. The background is the easiest colour to alter. I initially started with half a dozen colours, but by the end I used 18 different colours, the colours are again used in the codes listing from 1-18. Perhaps the most ambitious was to explore using blending modes for each the chair combinations. Methodically trying each of Illustrator’s blending modes in turn: Normal, Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, Exclusion, Hue, Saturation, Color, Luminocity. Again the image codes are defined by the blending mode.
Placing The Pattern In A Location
I combined the finished design with a straight-on shot of the real chair, plus a fake carpet and skirting board. For every image I altered the colour of the real chair to complement the wallpaper. For each design I also created a simple version that was just the pattern, to give show how the design could be used for fabric, lampshades, and other surfaces.
Creating This Website Page
I chose 24* of my favourite designs from a total of 175 variations. They are roughly sorted by colour. Rolling your mouse over an image will display its code. * Smaller screens and devices display less images.
I would love this design to have another life taken up by a manufacturer. Please contact me if you would like a high resolution file or to talk about how we could work together.
For more information about Mid Century Modern design see Wikipedia.