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IRender nXt, from Render Plus Software, is an easy to use, powerful extension for creating high-quality renderings from SketchUp. It's the ideal rendering extension for architects, interior designers and anyone else who demands high quality renderings of their SketchUp models. See: IRender nXt
Sven Christiansen's Fabulous Furniture Renderings
with nXtRender for AutoCAD
Sven Christiansen is a British manufacture of high quality office furniture. Since 1974 they have designed and manufactured desk systems, seating, reception desks, conference and meeting tables, office screens and wall storage systems. They provide service in the UK through their nationwide network of distributors.
We talked with Peter Milner, Design Manager, who is responsible for rendering the images Sven use in their promotional materials. Peter is an experienced nXtRender for AutoCAD user having first used the software around 20 years ago when it was known as AccuRender.
Peter recently won our Rendering of the Month (May) competition, and we were excited to interview him to find out what a person of his vast experience likes about rendering with nXtRender.
Tell me a little about the Rendering of the Month winning image
This image shows some of the furniture from one of our standard executive ranges, Fulcrum. It was produced as one of a series of renderings to go in our price list where each range is introduced by a lifestyle image in keeping with the style of the furniture.
Peter's Rendering of the Month Winner
Thanks, it’s an excellent rendering.
What elements do you pay most attention to when you render an image?
With all my renderings, the two most important considerations are the quality of the textures and the balance of light. nXtRender provides all the tools I need to enable me to control these.
Do any particular nXtRender features stand out for you?
The ability to alter the lighting balance using the nXt Image Editor after the image has been rendered is extremely useful.
Does nXtRender’s integration with AutoCAD help you?
Yes, the best part about nXt is that it works seamlessly within AutoCAD. This means that I can do all my 3D modelling in software that I’m used to and can then jump straight into rendering without having to translate anything or move to a different program.
Are there any other features in nXtRender that you particularly like?
Aside from the Image Editor I’ve already talked about, another of my favourite tools is the Walkabout window. Being able to walk through and around the model to get the best view, rather than positioning cameras, is very intuitive and quick. In fact, I find all the tools very simple to use, from setting up lights to creating new textures.
Can you share some of your other renderings with us?
You can see thousands of our rendered images in the Sven image library, but here are just a few to give you a flavour of our designs/renderings.
Thank you, Peter! Your work is impressive, and of course we’re thrilled that you’ve been using our software throughout your career to consistently achieve these results.
- For more information on Sven Christiansen visit www.sven.co.uk.
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For this case study we’re in the heart of Texas, USA! We’re talking to Teresa Gray-Benfield, CEO and Principal Designer, and Melissa Chen, VP and Lead Designer, who are making a name for themselves at Dilusso Design Group (DDG), based in Dallas. DDG is a boutique designer of Multi-Family and Hospitality building interiors.
Teresa, how did DDG come about?
We are both relatively recent graduates of the University of North Texas where we met while studying Commercial interior design. I established DDG in 2016 after graduating from the University of North Texas (UNT). Prior to UNT, I worked in residential interior design.
We are growing fast! We already have an established client base who rely on us for their projects. Word is spreading and we continue to be approached by new clients.
That sounds very positive. What sets DDG apart from other interior designers?
I believe our approach of creating project specific, unique and relevant designs is different to most of the industry. I like to say we give our designs heart and soul. Other designers provide a cookie cutter approach, which works well for some clients, but not for those looking for something more appropriate for their particular space or community. As a result, we are also catching the eye of potential clients in the hotel industry.
What software are you using to develop your designs?
We design in SketchUp and use your IRender nXt rendering software as well as PhotoShop.
When did you start using IRender nXt, and why?
I started using IRender at UNT. I tried a number of other renderers, but IRender was the easiest to work with and produced great photorealistic images. DDG decided to try outsourcing rendering, but we ended up spending too much time providing instructions. When you’re trying to let your artistic flair surface, it tends to be easier just to do it yourself. We now do all our own rendering in-house; IRender really works well for us.
What do you like about IRender nXt?
IRender gives us the control we need to reliably and consistently produce quality renderings. Being able to quickly adjust lights, materials, and textures is key in creating the detail and photorealism we need to provide to our clients. It’s a great fit for DDG.
Can you share some renderings from one of your projects?
Sure! Here’s several renderings from a project in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff, Texas.
Thank you, Teresa and Melissa! It’s good to hear that IRender nXt is supporting your passion for producing innovative designs in Dallas and beyond!
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