I SAT at the kitchen table looking at the woman who, just moments before, I had assumed was my wife. There were the same soft eyes, the lovely mouth, the smile that lured me all those years ago. But this could not be her. My wife, Mercy, should know better by now than to suggest that I create a fully furnished kitchen in 3D. She knows that’s what professional Architects specialize in. What can a young man who bailed out of Architecture school on admission day do? I’ll get back to that last point another day.
Scandinavian design is her personal aesthetic favorite. Every time a Scandi-styled interior image pops into her Pinterest feed she can’t stay calm. Anyway, I decided to fulfill her desire. So I embarked on this project, Serem’s Place, my first interior visualization project. The inspiration came from a variety of sources, but the beautifully styled interiors of kitchen design consultant Susan Serra played a big role.
I wanted the mood to be one of comfort, of casual living, and of beauty. This project ended up being a great modeling exercise and a good excuse to dig a little deeper into lighting interiors in Cinema 4D. Most of the objects were modeled from scratch using Cinema 4D except the cactus at the back, hamburger, both sourced from the Pixel Lab and a bunch of utensils by the mighty Cornelius Dämmrich. The carpet was done with Cinema 4D’s hair object. All textures including the leather sofa peeping at the foreground are mine. The scene was lit with a combination of Cinema 4D’s Physical Sky with Global Illumination, a HDRI for more realistic ambient light and a few area lights here and there.
This was a pretty heavy scene to render. I used Cinema 4D’s native Physical Renderer as my weapon of choice. All shots were rendered in varying resolutions above 2K. Render times varied between 11 to 60 hours depending on the shot. Physical is a great workhorse producing good results but at the expense of time. Thinking of switching to Octane. Post-production, was done in Photoshop and ArionFX.
In the meantime, enjoy the images below.