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deco1Furnishing a house, apartment or office space takes a lot of creativity, and, especially if you’re on a tight budget, a lot of resourcefulness. An apartment full of mismatched thrift store furniture has a certain charm, speaking from experience, but when creating a professional office space, a streamlined and cohesive look is a lot more important – and expensive. Why not let 3D printing help?

Thingiverse user Aaron Powell, of Perth, Australia, wants to do just that with his Art Deco design collection. The college student was given an assignment to design an office this semester in his Interior Design class, and decided to use his passion for 3D printing and love for art deco design to create his project.Art_Deco_Wall_light_preview_featured

“Since I had many years’ prior 3D modelling skills, I decided to make my models from scratch,” Powell told 3DPrint.com. “I’m very passionate about this stuff!”

Powell, who states that he has had a general 3D fascination since he was six years old, and interested in 3D modeling since 2004, hopes to build a career on 3D printing design. So far, he has only done freelance work, but his designs show a lot of promise.

“I have had an interest for 3D for almost 10 years now and it was only at TAFE when I had the chance to learn 3D properly and use 3D Studio Max,” he said. “After learning that program my interest for 3D…grew even more. After doing many years of study and doing work experience at a small games company, I feel I’m ready to start my 3D career.”

His office design project, which consists of 12 pieces, includes everything from support beams to wastebaskets, all designed in art deco style. The collection also includes chairs, tables, doors, and a clock, as well as a wall lamp and some stylish décor.deco2

His wall design is particularly interesting, with its depth and wavy shape, and lends a modern, artistic feel to the office in the final rendering.

“When making the models that you have seen,” Powell told us, “I’ve only needed to base them on image references and I begin with a primitive shape (such as a cube or cylinder) and subdivide it into sections and I extrude out areas and before you know it, you have a recognisable object.”

Art_Deco_Decoration_preview_featuredHis designs can be seen on his Thingiverse site, as well as his CG Society page, which includes some digital designs as well as 3D renderings. He particularly likes rigid modeling, although he maintains a strong interest in all areas of 3D printing. His Thingiverse site also contains several medieval-themed furnishing designs, and we can expect to see more architectural projects soon. He also recently designed a Japanese office, which he says he will soon be uploading to his website. Keep an eye on his page to see what other creative projects he develops; I personally think he shows a lot of promise for a successful design career.

What are your thoughts on this office space?  Discuss in the Art Deco 3D Printed Office forum thread on 3DPB.com

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