VR Computer Aided Design

“Designing within virtual reality is the next step in computer aided design” said Ekke Piirisild of the London studio VRTISAN in May 2016.

2016 was tipped to be the year for Virtual Reality.  The recent commercial release of Facebook’s Oculus Rift, Sony’s PlayStation VR, and HTC’s Vive VR, has made VR accessible to firms of all sizes.  Foster & Partners are currently using them, as are Perkins & Will.  U.S giants Gensler have set up a department entirely dedicated to VR.

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VR tools offer an immersive experience of designs, and the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) industry are using them more widely. They could reduce the divide between the “design” and the client’s perception of that “design” before it is fully realised in physical form. They would also offer a solution for those wishing to operate internationally, and with emphasis on client interactivity.


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Ty Hedfan kitchen Real (top) virtual (bottom)

Designer and 3D visualiser Olivier Demangel from 3dnation in 2014 said that he believes virtual architecture will be as convincing as the real thing in five years time. In 2011, he made a series of movies using plans, and photos of Ty Hedfan, a house in Wales designed by architects Featherstone Young.

Does it have to be absolutely photorealistic to be of use now? By offering us more tools to experience and communicate our designs in 3D, we can see the spatial impact of our designs, and make adjustments in real time.

“It could potentially save clients money, and reduce error not otherwise picked up using the standard Building information modelling (BIM) 3D modelling or 2D paper drawings,” says Revitso chief Executive Arman Gukasyan. San Francisco based Vizerra created their BIM product Revitso adding “gamification” and cloud solutions to provide a unified view, and it can be integrated with AutoCAD, Revit, and SketchUP.

If VR is the next logical step, how would BIM and VR complement each other? IrisVR provides software that can take BIM into VR in seconds. Likewise, Autodesk is working on Project Expo using the cloud to bring BIM models from Revit into Stingray who is offering a free 30 day trialUnity for AEC also offers excellent visuals also compatible with CAD tools.

Have you got a passion for design? Would you love to learn all about interior design, and channel your creativity? Whether you’d like to learn for fun, or are looking for a change of career, we have online courses that would suit you. Visit us http://www.rhodec.org, and http://online.rhodec.org.

Sources

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37541598

http://www.dezeen.com/2015/04/27/virtual-reality-architecture-more-powerful-cocaine-oculus-rift-ty-hedfan-olivier-demangel-ivr-nation/

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day everyone!  George Stanley designed the Canadian flag, unofficially known as the Maple Leaf.  The red field with the white square at its centre, and eleven pointed maple leaf is based upon the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada.

 

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What better way to celebrate than get inspired by some amazing interior designers based in Canada.  Commercial Designers Burdifilek add their unique touch to this redesign for luxury shoe store, Davids in Toronto….

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And more recently in 2015 for Holt Renfrew….

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If you feel inspired and would love to get on a path to a career in interior design, Rhodec International continues to provide high quality interior design education to students across the globe.  Visit us http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org.

 

 

Free Interior Design application Sweet Home 3D

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Sweet Home 3D is an interior design application that helps you to quickly draw the floor plan of your house, arrange furniture on it, and visit the results in 3D.

 

 

Available at http://www.sweethome3d.com/, this program is aimed at people who want to design their interior quickly, whether they are moving or they just want to redesign their existing home. Numerous visual guides help you draw the plan of your home and layout furniture. You may draw the walls of your rooms upon the image of an existing plan, and then, drag and drop furniture onto the plan from a catalogue organized by categories. Each change in the 2D plan is simultaneously updated in the 3D view, to show you a realistic rendering of your layout.

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All Image/video credits http://www.sweethome3d.com

Sweet Home 3D is free of charge, for personal or commercial purpose, under the terms of the GNU General Public License

 

Interested in Inter Design? Why not try one of the courses we offer. Ranging from our Free Sampler Interior Decorator course, right up to our accredited three year Professional Diploma Course, Rhodec International caters for all.  http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org

 

 

IDS Interior Design Show

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Canada’s IDS Interior Design Show
Set to run from January 21st – 24th 2016
Now in its 18th year, IDS brings together the newest & most innovative of international and Canadian design. With three full days of inspirational exhibits, influential speakers & leading products, IDS is not just a fair — it’s a total design experience.

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Show Venue:
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE, North Building
255 Front Street West
Toronto, ON, CA
416-585-8000
Full information can be found at http://www.interiordesignshow.com/

 

Interested in Interior Design? Rhodec International offer courses from our free sampler Interior Decorator Course, right up to our accredited three year Professional Diploma Course.

 

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House of the future?

What does the future hold for homes? Like most things in this modern era The Guardian believes technology will play an ever increasing rôle in this fun article.

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From the Garden to the Kitchen, there are companies, designers and engineers with some amazing tech already widely available, from Robot pets, building blocks constructed from natural cement churned out by bacteria to flooring that converts footsteps to energy. As technology advances at a rapid rate the possibilities are endless.

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Are you ready for a Robot butler?

 

Interested in Interior Design? Rhodec International offer courses from our free sampler Interior Decorator Course, right up to our accredited three year Professional Diploma Course.

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Online Colour Test

UntitledHave you got a good eye for colour?  Find out with this fun test from x-rite and PantoneClick here

How did you do?  Would you like to learn more about the art of colour?

As part of our online Rhodec International Professional Interior Design Course, an entire Unit is dedicated to this fun and fascinating subject.  The Rhodec Professional Interior Design Diploma Course is one of several  courses we offer. Take part in more interactive quizzes with our Interior Decorator Course, or gain a professional training with our accredited three year Professional Interior Design Diploma Course.  Rhodec International caters for all. http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org

Image and quiz credits go to x-rite.

Alphabeta Lamps, The world’s first online-customizable pendant with over 10 billion combinations.

heading-imgAlphabeta, designed by Luca Nichetto exclusively for Hem, is the world’s first online-customizable lamp. Playfull, functional, and truly innovative.

Alphabeta shades come in 8 different shapes, each with its own colour besides black and white. This creates a total of 24 available shapes, and thus more than 10 billion possible combinations of top and bottom shades when you combine four pendants.

Alphabeta-Lighting-Luca-Nichetto-Hem-1Alphabeta shades are crafted from steel and spun by-hand on a lathe in a factory near Venice, Italy. The result is a smoothing of the metal and pristine finish, with an exceptional durability and high-quality aesthetic.

Image and Video credits: http://hem.com/

If you’d like to further your Interior Design aspirations why not try one of the courses we offer. Ranging from our free sampler interior decorator course, right up to our accredited three year professional Diploma Course, Rhodec International caters for all. http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org
Rhodec International students are offered the opportunity to join the online Rhodec Autodesk community, which allows students to download free fully functional CAD software including Revit Architecture and many others, and, in addition interact with fellow Rhodec students.
Furthermore we are partnered with online specialists CAD Training Online to offer our students the opportunity to study AutoCAD or Revit Architecture for Interior Design 100% online, and at a 10% discount for Rhodec International students http://www.rhodec.org/autocad.htm

20 Online Interior Design Software Programs.

CAD (Computer Aided Design) is used throughout the Interior Design industry and is an extremely useful tool to aid in design and presentation. To the beginner using CAD can be a daunting prospect.

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So if you have never used CAD before you may like to ease yourself in gently with a fairly simple program – and there are in fact a number of free programs with excellent capabilities, so you can begin the process at no cost and slowly work up to more complex programs as your skills improve and your confidence increases. As a starting point – and with no implication of specific recommendations from Rhodec – you can browse a “Top 20” list here

Example of an interior design by HomeByMe interior design software
Example of an interior design by HomeByMe interior design software

If you’d like to further your Interior Design aspirations why not try one of the courses we offer. Ranging from our free sampler interior decorator course, right up to our accredited three year professional Diploma Course, Rhodec International caters for all. http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org
Rhodec International students are offered the opportunity to join the online Rhodec Autodesk community, which allows students to download free fully functional CAD software including Revit Architecture and many others, and, in addition interact with fellow Rhodec students.
Furthermore we are partnered with online specialists CAD Training Online to offer our students the opportunity to study AutoCAD or Revit Architecture for Interior Design 100% online, and at a 10% DISCOUNT FOR RHODEC STUDENTS. http://www.rhodec.org/autocad.htm

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Rain Lamp

Mixing water and electricity? Created by Richard Clarkson Studio the amazing Rain Lamp brings together elements that under normal circumstances don’t mix, but this time have a wonderful outcome. Richard-clarkson-Rain lamp Rain-Lamp-Richard-Clarkson-3 Rain-Lamp-9 Using a LED and fitted with a Micro-Peristaltic pump which circulates water from the pool and releases droplets that fall around the bulb. As the droplets land, the bulb acts as a magnifying glass resulting in the reflected light having a wonderful rippling effect.

Interested in Inter Design? If you’d like to further your Interior Design aspirations why not try one of the courses we offer. Ranging from our free sampler interior decorator course, right up to our accredited three year professional Diploma Course, Rhodec International caters for all. http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org

Image credits: http://www.richardclarkson.com/