Masters of fictional architecture

A subculture of designers and artistsu2014masters of fictional architectureu2014are 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.

u201cThese CGI visualizations have become the end result,u201d says Elli Stuhler, the editor of Dreamscapes & Artificial Architecture. u201cThe result is these utopian environments, full of exquisite furniture and extraordinary natural surroundings that canu2019t, and wonu2019t, ever be built.u201d

Ultra-inviting bodies of water

The practice had a key moment in 2018, when Buenos Airesu2013born designer Andru00e9s Reisinger posted an image of a chunky pink armchair he called u201cHortensiau201d 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. u201cIt demonstrated the appeal of this type of work, and that it had the potential to spill over into the physical realm, if unintentionally,u201d notes Stuhler.

Thereu2019s also the pink-hued works of Venice-based designer Massimo Colonna; Ouum, a 3D design studio in Ukraine; and Prague-based designer Filip Hodasu2019s dystopian scenery. Paris-based designer Hugo Fournieru2019s minimalist, meditative scenes are included too, as are the lush, green landscapes of Paul Milinski.