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 later designs; starting with D, then getting more dramatic to design G. For the last examples I have removed the tango element entirely and just kept the spots. Which was the beginning of the next pattern design called simply Spot Pattern Design
See the rest of the Tango patterns – designs A, B & C.
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.