Patternbank are excited to announce the we’ve partnered with 3M ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to create 5 inspirational trends for this 2016 Pattern Forecast report.
The report can be downloaded from the ScotchBlue website and along with the helpful tutorials and videos enables anyone to easily create stunning patterns in and around your home and office.
From tabby cats and wood grain to crosswalks and ladder rungs, stripes are all around you. Their simple structure makes them a classic pattern that’s been used for thousands of years – but it also means that they’re a vital part of modern design vocabulary. Lately, there’s been a resurgence of stripes with a bold, modern twist. Our Striking Linework pattern reflects that trend, and incorporates sharp angles that personalize the simple stripe and give it power. A fractured, abstract look also helps dimensionalize stripes to add depth and form to any surface.
3D geometric designs might seem relatively new, but you can find them in unexpected places – like woven baskets, latticework, and marble floors – that have existed for centuries. More recently, well-known artists like M.C. Escher have also drawn on these strong mathematical shapes and forms to define what’s known as “optical art.” Building on these traditions, bold geometric designs are now making their way back into the market with subtle twists in scale and color. Our Mod Optic pattern draws on these strong three-dimensional patterns for a clean, modern style that communicates sophistication and audacity.
Some patterns and forms are found north, south, east, and west, expressed in as many ways as there are cultures in the world. When you add different colors and treatments to powerful elemental shapes like zigzags and diamonds, they evoke a strong sense of place. Global influences are more a part of our world than ever, and our Geo Elemental pattern adds a clean and modern feel to those deeply rooted traditions, making it the meeting point of contemporary and universal.
The bold graphics of the 60s were reinterpreted in the 70s with flat colors and strong shapes that are instantly recognizable as hallmarks of their era. Pop art and design had a huge influence on the modern look of 70s trends, which were known, at the time, as “supergraphics.” Retro trends are coming back in both fashion and design. Here, in our 70s Revival pattern, we’re drawing on big, bold shapes, but adding modern styling and clean forms to bring 70s chic up to date.
Pattern doesn’t always mean choosing one style. After all, patterns are as diverse as personalities, and your style should be, too. Pattern on pattern gives you the creative license to adapt your materials to your space and style, and have fun with experimenting. Fragmented patterns that change depending on their context are part of lots of different art styles, from fabric and printmaking traditions to contemporary street art. Our Found Fragments pattern borrows from these styles to give you a pattern that you can make your own. With clean lines juxtaposed against existing prints and designs or the beauty of reclaimed pieces, this pattern keeps your space down-to-earth, but still feels on trend.