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3D design with that "something"- Bonny Carrera

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Bonny is a 3D designer living in Berlin. He started his journey with design thanks to his great fascination with 3D illustrations on advertising posters. The designer is self-taught. As he says himself, he gained his knowledge through tutorials on YouTube. Thanks to great self-denial and a lot of hard work, Bonny designs in programs such as Cinema 4D, Redshift and Photoshop. Lollypop pins, fancy t-shirts, custom pins and finally spaghetti monsters can all be found in Bonny's designs.

However, by far the most attention is drawn to the furniture designs created in the midjourney tool. It works on the principle of so-called 'generative adversarial models' (GAN), which consist of two neural networks - a generator and a discriminator. The programme creates graphics based on textual descriptions, similar to the OpenAl DALL-E and Stable Diffusion programmes. The user of the programme can select a category of images and set parameters such as resolution, style , colours etc. Midjourney then generates an image based on these parameters, which the user can further modify and adjust until the desired effect is achieved.

In designs, the inspiration may seem obvious but the execution absolutely defies obviousness and simplicity. The designs (thematically) can be divided into several groups including: organic, coral reef, candy, clouds, hairstyles, feathers and many others. The designer focuses on making each piece of furniture comfortable and attracting a sense of warmth and relaxation. However, the intensity of the colours, the texture and the non-obviousness of the shapes means that the furniture does not just function as leisure furniture, but becomes a work of art, a sculpture.

Nowadays, we are increasingly moving away from nature and everything associated with it, resulting in an increased longing and desire to get close to it again. The desire to get away from the urban, grey world gave rise to the organic style. With this style, it is possible to create home-friendly interiors in which one can calm down and forget about the constant hustle and bustle. Organic arrangements are also striking and timeless. And what is nature to Bonny Carrera?

The designer is most inspired by form and the fact that there are no two opinions about it's beauty. He claims that all people instinctively feel that organic designs are correct. At the same time, his designs bring together two styles that seemingly contradict each other, namely, organic style and pop art. The element of form in humanist modernism(organic style), already had a beginning at the end of the 19th century. Frank Lloyd Wright - a prominent American architect, creator of the concept of Humanist Modernism - claimed that a building's form should derive from the surrounding nature and even become part of it. This concept was brought to Europe in the 1930s by the Finnish architect and designer Avar Aalto, who postulated, however, that not only the body of the building but also its interior should be brought closer to nature. The organic style reigned supreme in Europe and America until the mid-1960s. Its adherents included Eero Saarinen (whose Tulip chair has become a cult design of the 20th century), Charles and Ray Eames (creators of the Butterfly stool and the Raven figure), Arn Jacobs (the 1985 Egg chair). Two decades later, architects and designers such as Ross Lovegrove (Biophilia collection, Florensis lamps); Zaha Hadid (whose trademarks are fluid, gravity-defying buildings and nature-inspired objects), gave the style a new lease of life. The forms of the organic style are most often rounded, biomorphic ( more extravagant, as in Bonny's designs). There are no right angles, as there are none in nature. The lines are streamlined, which gives lightness. In Bonny's designs, the organic style is particularly noticeable in the form, but also in the inspiration itself. The designer takes his subject matter literally and this has resulted in designs such as the sofa in an underwater world where the inspiration came from a coral reef. The colours in the case of this sofa can be perceived in two ways, the first being the inspiration from the natural, rather intense colours of the coral reef, which are found originally in nature, and the second being the perception of the colours as part of a pop art style.

Pop art style originated in the 1950s and was intended to symbolise a rebellion against high art and the establishment of a dialogue between art and the mundane of everyday life. The term pop art itself was coined by British museum supervisor Lawrence Alloway. The term was intended to describe a new form of 'popular' art with modern overtones. Pop art's peak of popularity in Britain and the United States occurred during the 1960s.

Most people associate pop art with Campbell's famous soup cans or the colourful portraits of Marilyn Monroe's, but in the context of design, the artists also had a lot to say. Pop art furniture was based on bright colours (often in conflict with each other) and unusual patterns, which made it possible to create an incredible dynamic in the interior. A good example of a piece of furniture representing the Pop Art style is the Marilyn Bocca sofa by Franca Audrito. The large red lips became a design icon popular all over the world. Above all, the mouth stood out for its unreal, almost cartoonish appearance. Pop art furniture, thanks to the intensity of the colours and the unconventional design of the form, is the main counterpoint to the entire interior. In Bonny Carrera's designs, pop art is all about colours, but also about the fact of 'otherness', about uncommon forms. Thus, the artist's style can be described as a mixture of pop-art and organic styles. And how does technology relate to the art and styles themselves?

When asked about the impact of artificial intelligence on the future of architecture and similar issues, Bonny replied that artificial intelligence is convenient for creatives and has an impact on every industry. He also stated that it allows people to turn the boring stages of work into increased and unlimited time creativity. Using modern techniques, Bonny shows new ways to interpret different styles and themes. The designer wants to share his knowledge with others, which is why he created the course 'Prompt like Bonny' in which he teaches how to create detailed and clear studio objects. Thanks to the designer guidance and knowledge, anyone with access to a computer and the Internet is able to learn the basics of midjourney design. In the course we can find topics such as the creation process, workstation configuration, quick projects and post-production.

It can certainly be said that the use of artificial intelligence in design is a new chapter for art and design. We are entering a new era that is capable of changing the perception of art and the world to date. And what do you think about using artificial intelligence for design?

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