The Place in Print studio has recently begin work on a collection of mid-century inspired patterns that feature famous areas of London. The first up is the South Bank in Central London. Keep reading to find out exactly how we did it, and to get an insight into our design process.

The first stage was to collect lots of visual research and after visiting the South Bank one evening we planned out which landmarks we would like to include in our design. We opted for the Royal Festival Hall, Haywood Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Hungerford Bridge. At Place in Print we are huge Modernist architecture fans so we were really looking forward to the design process.

To reference that recognisable 1960’s design style we created the individual building motifs by cutting out geometric shapes from black paper. We then scanned them in to tidy up on the computer.

Once we had the design all tidied up and everything in place we tried out multiple ways of laying the motifs out to see what sort of pattern looked best. We settled on a half brick repeat and opted for a stone tone to mimic the concrete used as the primary material in the buildings. We will be using this pattern on a range of homeware products so we've chosen a couple of different colour options.

The first of our South Bank pattern products is now available online.