The Tango pattern design started as a large abstract canvas, I painted in 2013. I was looking for original curving shapes that could be extracted to use as wallpaper. I drastically reduced the number of colours in a photo of the painting, then recoloured areas in Adobe Illustrator to make the different elements of Tango.
The design alternates a flipped copy with a normal version. By varying the scale and colours created a wide range of unique patterns.
There are now seven distinct sets of patterns within the Tango portfolio. The visuals shown on this page are from the first three designs; starting with A, then getting smaller design B, and finally smallest design C.
See the rest of the Tango pattern collection – designs D to G.
Placing The Pattern In A Location
I combined each finished design with a straight-on shot of the chair used in my design for mid century modern chairs. Adding a fake carpet and simple skirting board. For every image I altered the colour of the real chair to complement the surface wallpaper. For each design I also created a simple version that was just the pattern, to show how the design could be used for fabric, lampshades, and other surfaces.