"Designing Patterns: For Decoration, Fashion and Graphics" is a lively, fun and detailed book by one of Scandinavia's leading designers. Lotta Kuhlhorn's vibrant surface patterns and her design methods make this a page turner. She shares multiple forms of inspiration which drive her designs, from nature, to film, to objects in stores and homes, and more, and she tells wonderful stories about her process for designing everything from trays to wallpaper. The book includes numerous full page color plates.
Kuhlhorn looks for patterns everywhere as they correspond to her surroundings, whether urban or in nature. For example, I love how she creates stripes from meaningful concepts in everyday life. Kuhlhorn discusses how each stripe on a design can be a symbolic representation, perhaps from a trip, an urban area, a human relationship, etc. The possibilities are endless. I'm excited to try the idea myself, along with several of her other tips, which she describes in detail.
The book is arranged in sections on Kuhlhorn's inspiration, her work methods, patterns, and do-it-yourself projects, and also includes a Pattern Starter Kit CD.