VIRTUAL REALITY IN INTERIOR DESIGN
Using virtual reality in your commercial interior design project will help communication, confidence in decision making, save time and potentially money as well. Here’s why.
Interior Design often goes through several stages such as the process of approvals and building spaces, seeing 2D drawings and 3D rendered designs being passed around in chains of emails between clients, designers, landlords, project managers and contractors, it’s no wonder information, ideas and details become lost in translation. Miscommunication and misconception often cause disappointment within spatial projects when expectations were not met.
As Interior Designers, we are trained to be able to interpret how renders, sketches and construction drawings would come to life in a finished space. We have an understanding of materiality, scale and customer journey within a project. We cannot assume that clients see things from the same perspective as our creatively trained minds. Virtual Reality gives our clients the tools to view their potential spatial design as how the designer intended.
WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY IN RELATION TO DESIGN
As commercial designers, virtual reality is used to explore an interior as though you were really standing in the actual space. It can be beneficial to both clients and designers to align their vision(s) for the final outcome of a spatial design.
HOW DOES VIRTUAL REALITY BENEFIT THE DESIGNER?
VR in commercial design can benefit the designer in a number of ways: to identify problems in the early stages of the design process, save money, time and embarrassment. If designers can solve design problems prior to client meetings then amendments to designs can be reduced, therefore save time and money for both the client and the design team.
A real-life depiction of scale and depth is often unavailable to a designer prior to sampling or prototyping of design items. Viewing designs at 1:1 scale in VR allows for the most accurate experience before building for designers to test the usability of their designs. VR gives the designer the opportunity to fully experience the atmosphere or emotions of space as a customer would in real life. This realistic immersion can increase more truthful feedback of an experience and gives the design team a competitive edge.
Being able to provide your client with the level of detail a VR experience can provide gives designers a platform in which the intended use of each space can be showcased to tell your story more easily by navigating your client through the design more accurately. This also gives a designer tools to get more information from a client, act on suggestions/solutions with more confidence and spot check the model for inaccuracies or elements that need further refinement.
THE CLIENT BENEFITS OF VR IN COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN
A life-like visual aid that designers use in presenting and explaining concepts to clients, investors or landlords. It also allows clients to share and promote their spaces which creates excitement amongst the customer or audience. At this point in the game, VR apps, devices and headsets are available to the public with reasonable portability and affordability. Due to increased understanding from the client, more accurate feedback and direction can be given (at times on the spot) eliminating further changes later in the design process- potentially saving money.
Some of the key benefits for using VR are:
• Assurance that everyone is on the same page
• Seen from every angle
• Gives clients more control by increasing their knowledge and understanding and provides earlier opportunity to express opinions
• Allows options for a team or public consultation and marketing promotion.
Consider using VR in your design project and chat to the team at Prospace about how we can help you achieve it.
Tess Pollock is an Interior Designer who has been working for Prospace Design since 2016. Skilled in 3D Modelling, Concept Development, Retail Design, and Vectorworks. Tess is passionate about creating spaces that evoke emotional responses from customers. She has worked with clients such as All Blacks, Tigerlily and Tony Bianco. Tess is also a keen yogi who has recently completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Bali.