Happy New Year Dieter!
This, like the images in my previous post, started as part of a broader homage to Dieter Rams, the iconic German designer of Braun fame (the shelving systems, armchair and sofa, coffee table and record player are all his).
In the course of working on this piece (as usual, over an extended period of time interspersed by long spells of inactivity), it developed into something slightly broader. Including the short video here (Music by //\\ (Discount Fireworks) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). I am still crap at video, so don’t expect a nice cut or even clean encoding (SD embedded video below, but head over to Vimeo for the HD version).
Both the stills and the video were done in 3ds Max 2013 and rendered in Vray 2.3. The stills used high render settings (these are actually all brute force renders), while I had to cut corners massively for the video to reach something between 5 and 12 minutes per frame, depending on the scene, resulting in a big drop in quality.
The lighting is just one HDR map, by Peter Guthrie (this one)
The architecture is inspired by an existing conversion of an historic building in Malmö, Sweden, but the styling is a wild mixture of classic mid-century, white Scandi Gemütlichkeit and Dieter Rams plastic minimalism.
The human models are courtesy of Tristan Bethe. Make sure to visit his site, humanalloy.
I may come back to this scene to explain some of the techniques used (nothing too fancy) if there is interest. In the meantime, you can find a small selection of the images below and the full series here.