Masters of fictional architecture

A subculture of designers and artists—masters of fictional architecture—are at last getting their moment in the limelight. A new book, Dreamscapes & Artificial Architecture: Imagined Interior Design in Digital Art, which is being released with Gestalten publishing house on June 16, looks at the best moments of this CGI elegance. Featuring roughly 100 designers from Argentina to Tel Aviv, the tome comprises gravity-defying bizarre buildings, otherworldly landscapes, and pastel-hued interiors.

These CGI visualizations have become the end result,” says Elli Stuhler, the editor of Dreamscapes & Artificial Architecture. “The result is these utopian environments, full of exquisite furniture and extraordinary natural surroundings that can’t, and won’t, ever be built.”

Ultra-inviting bodies of water

The practice had a key moment in 2018, when Buenos Aires–born designer Andrés Reisinger posted an image of a chunky pink armchair he called “Hortensia” on Instagram. It was only a CGI rendering, but it became so Insta-famous he decided to build it into reality, lining the chair with 20,000 pink fabric petals and selling it. “It demonstrated the appeal of this type of work, and that it had the potential to spill over into the physical realm, if unintentionally,” notes Stuhler.

There’s also the pink-hued works of Venice-based designer Massimo Colonna; Ouum, a 3D design studio in Ukraine; and Prague-based designer Filip Hodas’s dystopian scenery. Paris-based designer Hugo Fournier’s minimalist, meditative scenes are included too, as are the lush, green landscapes of Paul Milinski.