Rendering or Real: Can You Spot the CGI Spaces?

Rendering or Real: Can You Spot the CGI Spaces?

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Nancy Mitchell
Aug 27, 2015

In the past, designers and their clients had to rely on drawings to help them envision what a space would look like before it came to life. But now, increasingly sophisticated modeling and rendering programs mean that it's possible to create almost photorealistic images of rooms that don't even exist. I know I've been fooled before, when I click on a lovely space on Pinterest, only to find that it only exists in a designer's imagination. So I've created a little quiz. In each pair of images, there is one actual photo and one computer rendering. Can you tell the real spaces from the renderings?

Above: Which of these kitchens really exists?

Which of these nurseries is a real-life space?

Which of these bedrooms exits only in a designer's imagination?

Which of these kitchens is a rendering — and which is a real space?

Which of these workspaces for two is a real-life room?

Which of these two black bedrooms is really a computer rendering?

Which of these industrial lofts is a real space?

Which of these gorgeous kitchens is too good to be true?

Which of these dramatic houses really exists?

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