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Monday, February 15, 2016

3d Architectural and Interior Visualization: Mid Century Modern Living Room

Hey there! I want to share a recent render that I had the opportunity to put together in my downtime. 

3d Rendering  of a Mid Century Modern living room by Jonathan A. Kaplan

I have always been fascinated with the Mid Century Modern Era of architecture (think Mad Men)

See examples of Mid Century Modern homes here:

To me, this was the pinnacle of creative design, as architects and designers of this era were intent on imagining what the future was going to look like and incorporating this creative thought into the buildings and homes of all Americans. This style of architecture has also been referred to as "Space Age" and "Atomic" because of it's forward thinking inspired designs. From the huge fins on classic Cadillacs to the houses that sprinkle the hills of Palm Springs, Mid Century Modern Architecture made a major impact on both American and international culture, especially in architecture and interior design. 

Process:

1) I started this project while practicing my tufting skills by modeling the Knoll Barcelona chair which is very common in many interior designs (the pink bench in the middle.) After modeling the Knoll Barcelona, I decided to run with it and create a full scene which would compliment the chairs I had modeled.

2) From there, I envisioned a color palette which included grey tones and shades of pink complimented by vibrant selections of blue and green which really pop against red as green is the complimentary color to red. 

3) I used this great website I found for furnishing selections which is a marketplace for antiques, especially those of Mid Century Modern designers: 
https://www.1stdibs.com/ ; however, I did not limit myself to the colors found in the original reference images.I used this site to pick the lamps, side tables, and chandelier. While I often incorporate my own designs into my personal 3d renderings, for this project I wanted to get the authentic, period look.

4) Once the focal furnishings were established, I picked a retro brick texture for the back wall and vintage fabrics and patterns for the pillows and rug. I accented the design using the Mid Century Modern, egg style, "swan chairs" which I had previously modeled when developing my 3d modeling skills. 

Designer Chairs previously modeled for practice


5) Finally, I added some V-Ray IES Lights to the back wall to give the room a moody but realistic feeling, and of course, living in Las Vegas, I picked a great photo of the original Sands Hotel and Casino as the cherry on top of this vintage inspired 3d rendering. 

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Software used for this scene: 3ds Max & V-Ray

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