So, the new Ikea catalog is out. You can either go and get the hardcopy at Ikea stores (or get sent to you if you're lucky), or read it online via your iPad or iPhone... or even download it from their website.
But one thing you must know: it seems that the rooms that were featured in Ikea catalog are not a real room after all. What's surprising, 75% were all actually CGI'ed by their graphic team! How advanced was that? (And they've did it since 2008?)
Those who use to take up my CFD projects back here in the lab should've known my usual statement - simulation work save cost by not having to construct real 'physical' item to optimized the design, as you can change its geometry or flow properties just by manipulating variables in front of your monitor. And same thing goes with Ikea, coz compared to traditional photography that requires prototyped furniture to be built and shipped to be photographed, rendering images simplifies the process by removing logistical barriers, reducing costs and speeding up delivery.
See the 'exhibit A' below, and you can notice how simple placement of the tap could be done without much hassle for the plumber to do it in real life. Safe the cost for hiring the plumber anyway!
But c'mon, photoshopping furniture wouldn't be like photoshopping models - you can't make that KARLSTAD sofa any skinnier though!