There’s more to adding furniture models to a 3D interior rendering than might initially meet the eye. Aside from giving an interior space scale and indicate functionality, the style, color, and texture of the furniture itself can have a drastic effect on how the design is perceived. And aside from getting a master’s degree in feng shui, it’s high time you start investing some resources into gathering a collection of high-quality furniture models to bump the aesthetic appeal of your architectural design.
In a perfect world, you’d have the time and design budget to fill that living room you spent months walking your clients through with pieces you’ve hand picked or even designed yourself. However, the world is not perfect and chances are you’re already knee deep in up-charges and RFI’s leaving little elbow room for stretching those particularly specific design muscles.
Luckily, there are more than a few online resources that deliver professional grade 3D models of furniture and interior decor directly to your inbox. These models will help save you time when rounding out your big-picture design ideas and giving your clients an image of their new interiors that will leave a lasting impression.
Here are the best 3D furniture model sites for architects, interior designers, and 3D rendering artists.
Heralded by designers and rendering artists as one of the more professional online platforms for the distribution of 3D furniture models, Design Connected carries a wide range of assets that are never short on style or accuracy. This is high design at its finest, as the fixtures, pieces, and decorations are plucked directly from the most well-regarded design catalogues on the planet. As such, you’d be lucky get peel yourself away from DC’s pages with much money left over for anything else. The best certainly comes at a price, but for artists and architects looking to populate their 3D scenes with top shelf furniture assets, look no further.
On the other end of the spectrum from Design Connected is the plainly (but aptly) named Free3D. And while the quality and selection isn’t quite up to the level of it’s more expensive counterpart, there’s still plenty for designers and architects to find desirable about the user-supplied assets that populate Free3D’s database. You can search not only by furniture type or style, but also by file type, ensuring you’ll be able to find a model that is compatible with whatever your prefered software is. And of course, the price is certainly right.
The name is good. The service is even better. TurboSquid employs a vast community of freelance rendering artists and modelers that stock its pages with high-quality 3D models that are fairly priced and easy to find. You’ll find a lot of sensible and stylistic options for furniture and fixtures, but also more outlandish selections like a medieval torturing device or the iron throne from Game of Thrones. You know, for those house Targaryen fans out there. TurboSquid is great, and the underbelly of dedicated artists and engineers makes it an easy venture to support (not to mention a fruitful one).
Every architect and interior designer’s favorite designer furniture catalogue recently rolled out its own proprietary library of 3D CAD assets for your modeling and rendering pleasure. And, because they’re hoping to not only give you access to digital assets but to also sell you incredibly overpriced contemporary furniture, said assets can be downloaded from their website entirely free of charge. Just be sure to close out of there immediately, or you’ll find yourself homeless and moneyless sleeping under a bridge on a ten thousand dollar Italian leather sectional.
In addition to furniture, kitchens, and weird wooden hands, Dimensiva has a large collection of plumbing and lighting fixtures that match up well with products contemporary architects typically specify in their projects. It is an eclectic mix of modern and timeless, sure to provide your interior renderings with a unique punch of je ne sais quoi. Dimensiva is easy to navigate, and presents a clean, minimalist interface that does well to reflect the style of assets it distributes. I don’t know why that’s important, it just is.
With these online resources at your fingertips, your next interior rendering will surely reflect the time and effort that went in to the design of the space itself. So often the impact of the final product gets muffled by the absence of a livable quality of space. Inserting unique and high-quality furniture assets will elevate those renderings and give the architecture the attention it deserves.