- 3D Visualisations
Dreamy visuals in light and pastel shades are what Swiss designer and visual artist Camille Boldt is known for. His work unites architecture and design with surrealism and takes us into an imaginative world. We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions.
How did you become a designer?
‘I started my journey as a graphic designer and communication specialist. It was always hard to create communication concepts for my clients, because at that time I only knew 2D tools. For that reason, I started learning 3D and that opened up a whole new world.’
Why do you focus on architecture and design in your work?
‘As a graphic designer, I worked in an architecture and design studio. During this time, I just fell in love with architecture.’
‘In personal projects I can express myself’
Why the choice to design visualisations and renders?
‘3D renders are so funny and interesting to make. You can experiment a lot with them, really fast and in a way that you can't for a real project. Although I actually use those tools for real projects as well. For example, I am currently working with an architect friend on two houses in Switzerland and in September we want to start our own architecture and design studio. So, I chose a combination of visualisations and interior design.’
What is your design approach?
‘I consider myself a multidisciplinary designer. I simply design things for people – objects, images, interiors – but in addition I still do a lot of graphic design. My approach is always focused on the end user or client. I try to create ideas that are simple and minimalistic, but really efficient.’ How do you start a project?
‘I usually start by looking for inspiration. I create an art board on Pinterest to put all the images on. Then I make a quick 3D sketch with basic shapes and textures in the program Blender. Once I'm happy with the result, I start with the final image and the final post-processing in Lightroom.’
How would you describe your own style?
‘My style is inspired by minimalism, but with a touch of surrealism. I also love to add plants and flowers to my artwork to bring a touch of nature and life. I use a very natural and neutral colour palette and natural materials.’
Will these spaces ever come to life?
‘These spaces are not meant to be real. It's an experimental way of trying new things. I also design these kinds of surrealist spaces for brands that want to promote their products. I think the knowledge I gain from making these surreal places helps me to create great architecture and design projects in my own studio.’ Who or what inspires you?
‘I am inspired by a number of architects, such as Tadao Ando and Le Corbusier. I love their minimalist and efficient approach to architecture. I'm also a huge fan of Charlotte Taylor and Six N. Five Studio.’
Do you work mainly for yourself or on commission for other brands?
‘Both. I try to find a good balance between experimental research and works for clients. For me, my personal projects are more artistic where I can express myself. I always try to add my signature in each project, but sometimes that doesn't match the client's needs. Both are interesting, in personal projects I have a total freedom and in commissioned projects for brands I have some interesting constraints. I love those constraints because they push me out of my comfort zone. It's exciting.’ Visuals by Camille Boldt