Reality becomes virtual in the bathroom

Virtual reality is finding its way into the kitchen and bathroom.

Virtual reality is finding its way into the kitchen and bathroom.

Aucklander Donna Nash has won the virtual reality design section at the Kitchen and Bathroom Design Awards 2001 using locally developed Virtual World software.

Nash, who works for Plumbing World in Auckland, won $1000 dollars for her minimalist bathroom.

“I was absolutely surprised,” she says, having only used the software since December. “When the judges read the winner’s name I was looking around to see who had won.”

Plumbing World plans to integrate virtual reality-based design more fully into its business, and Nash will be at the forefront, using the software as a sales tool.

Virtual World is a Windows-based 3D design package with a high degree of photo-realism, and strong lighting effects. The software allows various room views, and movie files can be embedded in an image to replicate, for example, the swing of a shower door, or the change of sunlight throughout the day.

The software is marketed at bathroom designers and fittings retailers, who can use it for doing quotations.

The Kitchen and Bathroom Design Awards were held last month in association with the Home Ideas Centre.

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