Despite taking measurements or creating mood boards, sometimes it's still tough to imagine how an item will look at home until you get it in the space. Thankfully, technology can help. Today, vintage resale marketplace Chairish announced that their app will now have an augmented reality feature that puts pieces right in your room.
The feature helps both shoppers and designers working with clients answer the age-old dilemma, "will this work in my space?" The AR feature works with your phone or tablet's camera to "place" the item where you would like it, and it also shows the product's dimensions as a guide. You can then snap a photo, save it, and share it via text or social media.
It also works with saved photos in your camera roll, if you happen to be shopping on the go or for a client. The tool is also available on Chairish's sister site DECASO, which launched in 2016 and features the world's top modernism and antique dealers.
"Our new augmented reality feature is a game-changer," says Anna Brockway, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer of Chairish Inc. "We predict that thanks to our new 'view in your space' feature, shoppers will be empowered to take more daring style choices because experimentation is now risk-free; the ability to 'try before you buy' brings full confidence to the online shopping experience." Especially when shipping for larger items can cost several hundreds of dollars.
This is hardly the first time we've seen AR used for decorating and shopping purposes. IKEA's catalog app has used 3D imaging and augmented reality to place selective items in a room since 2013, though the technology is certainly more elegant now than it was four years ago.
The feature is available as of today in an update for Chairish and DECASO's iPhone and iPad apps.