May Pattern – Botanicals

May Pattern – Botanicals

The beauty of flora and fauna has inspired many Formica® Brand patterns since 1951.

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Humans have always looked to the natural world for design inspiration in their living environments. What we now call biophilic design represents a longstanding reverence for nature’s ability to bring serenity and calm to interior spaces.

Here’s a look at the botanical patterns Formica Group has introduced over the years.

1951: Fernglo (1st version) – Brooks Stevens designed the first plant-themed décor.

1965: Willow – In-house Formica® laminate designer Bob Ford based this concept on hand-drawn trees in architectural plans.

1965: Fernglo (2nd version) – Ford used a fern botanical woven in a twill or linen fabric for a small-scale design.

1967: Fleurette – The spring flower Tweedia inspired this two-stage design of an abstracted five-petal image. Pastorale was introduced the same year in Spring and Autumn colorations that used a cyanotype process.

1980: Woodland – Ford combined several graphics to create this altered, reduced botanical art of dandelions and flowers with hand-draw accents designed to look like the forest floor.

1982: Grey Daisy was a hand-drawn pattern created in the U.K. It was launched in a variety of colors, including Pink, Green, Grey, Golden, Yellow and Autumn.

1987: The Flora series was introduced, including Almond and Rose Ash. Print designs and vintage French botanical art inspired these patterns showcasing simple, abstracted floral elements. The drawings were combined with a graphic texture to produce a two-color print which was intentionally off register to produce a dimensional effect.

1996: Fallen/Frosted/New Leaves – These large, layered leaf patterns ranged from an orange Fallen Leaves version to the softer Frosted and bright New Leaves colorations.

Learn more about the Botanicals series in this video:

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