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Lapicida Design and Visualisation enables you to see into the future

It’s only when a design project is finally realised that you really get to see what it’s like. Well, Ben Tilford of Lapicida Design and Visualisation’s job in life is to totally contradict that traditional train of thought.

Ben works closely with the Lapicida Sales and Design Team to bring their inspired designs to life using sophisticated 2D and 3D software. 

“The key thing that I bring to the table is stone placement. By that I mean I apply high resolution stone surfaces to a 3D model of an interior, so clients actually get to see what our designs will look like before a stone tile is even cut” explains Ben.

So what does the process entail? Well, it starts with a tape measure. The Lapicida design team takes accurate measurements of the client’s interior space that the design is to be applied to. They then conceive the design, develop the scheme and gain client approval. The designer then takes Ben through the design in detail and discuss every aspect of their vision.

The first stage in realising the design is to create a 2D layout of the space using AutoCAD software. This ensures that all proportions and sizes are absolutely millimetre-perfect and creates the environment for the design to work within.

“Basically, we can recreate any room or area of a house from an en-suite to a swimming pool with total accuracy to detail. We also populate the space with features including furniture to give context to the design” said Ben.

Next, an accurate wireframe is exported to 3DS Max software. This 3D design software for modelling, animation and rendering is what brings the wireframe to life, bringing texture, light and shadow to the design.

Lighting is incredibly important in terms of how we perceive an interior space. Ben has a total understanding of both natural and artificial light and how it is absorbed and reflected by different surfaces – especially natural stone.

“We actually use replications of real world lighting. This not only gives us complete accuracy but also usefully provides the client with real lighting calculations. We can even replicate natural lighting conditions, night or day, in any part of the world. That’s something our international clients really appreciate” reveals Ben.

So why are Ben’s visuals so realistic? By using detailed photographic images of actual specific stone and then applying them to the design, surfaces are incredibly lifelike. In fact, shots supplied by the client can also be included in the design, such as backgrounds of views from windows.

Because a 3D space has been created using 3DS Max software, 3D walk-through animations are also possible. Also, clients have the flexibility to change their minds and quickly and easily experiment with different natural stone surfaces before finalising the design.

Finally, the visuals are rendered and exported to photoshop for finishing touches and refinements before a ‘high pass’ is made and a detail-rich, high-resolution image is created.

Lapicida Design and Visualistion really does enable clients to see just how their interior space will be transformed using natural stone at the design stage. The results are breathtakingly beautiful and its value is indisputable. 

If you have a project that feel would benefit from this futuristic design service, contact the Lapicida Design and Visualistion team. Harrogate: Rebecca.Cherrington@lapicida.com or London: kim.graham@lapicida.com.

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