This 21-Year-Old Lets You Design Your Space Using Virtual Reality

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In today’s rapidly evolving world, technology has seeped into every facet of our lives, fundamentally altering the way we work, communicate, and even how we design our living spaces. Among the many tech enthusiasts making strides in this exciting domain is Aditya Mishra, a 21-year-old Kolhapur resident who has harnessed the power of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to revolutionise interior design.

The Start of Something New 

Aditya’s journey into the world of AR/VR interior design began during his college years, while he was pursuing a degree in civil engineering. He had originally wanted to take up computer science and felt unfulfilled in college, most of which was spent in lockdown. But he did spend his time learning more about architecture and 3D designing, using online courses and YouTube. At the age of 19, he provided 3D and VR elevation design services to his first client; the gig got him his first earning of Rs 3,000. “All I needed for this was a system and technology, and I never looked back,” shares Aditya. 

Virtual renderings of Sky 360's projects Virtual renderings of Sky 360’s projects

Today, he and Bhagyashree Pawar manage the Mumbai-based company Sky360 that offers services like 3D rendering, visualisation and interior design to real estate clients across the country, including names like Tata Group and Lodha Group.

How VR Works in Interior Design

“As a person who wishes to get their house designed, it is often hard to imagine what the final outcome would look like. Interior designers can produce videos but they often do not allow for real experiences. This is where our company comes into play. Using a simple VR headset and a phone, Sky360 creates a virtual reality model of the exact space you want to get designed, and lets you walk around the space to completely understand what the end result will look like,” shares Aditya. This lets clients experience immersive, interactive experiences and visualise their dream spaces before committing to a design. 

Using a phone and VR headset, Aditya lets you visualise a 360 immersive experience of your interiors. Using a phone and VR headset, Aditya lets you see a 360 immersive experience of your interiors. Picture: Unsplash

Affordable and Accessible Design

While the technology is not new, one of the most striking aspects of Aditya and his team’s work is their commitment to making high-quality interior design accessible to a broader audience. While bigger players in the business charge around INR 40,000 per panorama (room), his company does the same work at one-fifth the cost. “Our price point is our USP; we have 100% client retention at the moment. We want everyone to be able to experience their homes and spaces before they are made; it is not just about aesthetics but also personal choice,” the youngster shares with pride. His company currently employs 6 people, all of whom are under 24.  He has deliberately kept his services affordable, believing that everyone deserves to have their dream spaces brought to life.

VR technology helps both architect and consumer to make informed choices VR technology helps both architect and consumer to make informed choices

This technology empowers both architects and homeowners alike. Architects can communicate their vision more effectively, while clients can make informed decisions with confidence. “It’s like trying on different outfits before choosing the perfect one,” Aditya says with a smile.

Sky’s The Limit

Without spending a dime on marketing, Sky360 has amassed a reputation that has earned them big clients across real estate businesses. While the potential of VR has been discussed in the automobile and fashion industry among other sectors, Mishra believes there is scope for a design revolution in interior designing and architecture as well. 

Aditya Mishra and Bhagyashree Pawar, cofounders of Sky 360 Aditya Mishra and Bhagyashree Pawar, cofounders of Sky 360

“We are working on offering people the ability to make real-time changes to the designs using VR technology, reducing the time and effort spent during the entire process. You will be able to pick out the exact colours of the curtains that match the sofa and the walls even before you head to the store. What’s more, architects and builders won’t need blueprints and brochures for clients anymore; all you will need is just one link to get an immersive 360 degree experience of the space,” he explains.  

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