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KOMFORT WORKSPACE Announces Winner Of Augmented Reality Competition

The 2011 Komfort “create your perfect workspace” competition winner has been announced.

The competition was to design an area as your perfect workspace. This could have been anything from a loft space in the city or a rural idyll. We all have our own ideas.

Komfort had a huge response to this competition and the shortlisted entries were whittled down to just 14. On Friday 8th April, the winner of this fantastic competition was announced at an award ceremony at Komfort’s London showroom in Bonhill Street.

The judges had a tough time as ‘the standard of creativity was excellent and it was difficult to separate the top three’ - Colin Watson of BCFA. Peter Karn of MET Studio snapped up first place with ‘Gravitate’. Peter Karn’s entry had a real ambiance factor. The workspace allows you to travel between floors, spaces and environment according your mood, i.e. L1 is the play floor and L4 is the Nature Floor. As a designer, Peter felt that “every day people sit at the same desk looking at the same space which can be very uninspiring” so it was important to come up with a design that “users can move through and work in the ambience that suits them at a specific time”.

The award ceremony revealed the design in its Augmented Reality (AR) state and the designs distribution within FX Magazine for all to encounter.

Augmented Reality is a term for a live direct view of a physical, real-world environment. The elements of this view are augmented, or enhanced using a computer generated input; a webcam for example.

Drawings are created, and then formed into a marker, almost like a barcode, and when using hardware the marker turns into a 3D impression in real time. Floor plans can be designed, and then markers positioned to create a real time depiction of the concept. This can be moved and rotated, casting shadows and representing real space, in essence the most spatially aware 3D model.

The award ceremony highlighted the importance of Augmented Reality in relation to Architecture and Design. Architecture, both internal and external, is one of the many professions that can benefit and grow with the development of virtual reality technologies

A large scale image of the winning entry has been mounted in Komfort’s London showroom. To view the Peter Karn’s winning entry in AR please visit www.komfortcompetition.co.uk.


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