Faux Windows

Optical illusions. We who live in Second Life® are immersed in a world of optical illusions. The photograph above is a two dimensional image of a 3D world. It looks […]

Optical illusions. We who live in Second Life® are immersed in a world of optical illusions. The photograph above is a two dimensional image of a 3D world. It looks like I’m in a room that opens to an outside world of trees and flowers. It’s an illusion and created by Cherry Muffin.

Let’s step back a bit. Muffin is an interior designer, who does custom work for SL clients. Some of the rooms she was presented with were dark and had blank walls or were skyboxes with nothing outside even if there was a window. Easy to just hang a picture to bring some light and openness to a room, but Muffin decided there was a more creative way.

She designs faux windows that have a 3D appearance and that dramatically change a room. I asked her to explain how she approaches a blank wall and creates magic.

“My greatest challenge was what I call the Love Cabin (pictured above). The area was small being an upstairs over a store in Tinyopolis. I wanted to create the feeling that one could walk directly out of a 2nd floor room into a forest.  It needed wild life, plants, trees, flowers and at first I tried to include a sleeping black bear. ”

Cherry Muffin in her home with another faux window behind her. The white lattice is in front of the background image and adds to the illusion of a window into the world.

“First, I layered the floor of my woods. I used dark green grass. To fool the eye into seeing the grass in perspective, I used a step effect with a band of flowers on top with the green grass showing on each side. I had a nice picture of a national forest and that became the background. I played with the flowers and colors and believe it works.”

“Finally, I added a short wall like a one would see around a patio. I broke the wall and added an entrance. To make it real, I added a sleeping cat on the step that achieved the WOW I wanted.  In the future, I hope to add a invisible teleport that when one walks into it, they will be TP’ed to a woods area at another location.”

The third photo (on the right) shows Muffin’s office. It’s another second floor room where she has created the illusion of a huge, green plate window with fans connecting it to the outside. There is a gap between the green glass and the background forest scene and it is filled with grass and plants. This really created a nifty sense of connection to the outside.

I wondered how Muffin became involved in interior design. She explained, “I came to virtual worlds to learn about 3D graphics. I found I liked the people and stayed. Also I made a lot of money decorating apartments in another world.”

You can contact Muffin via a note card to cherrymuffin resident. Her store is located in the center of Mieville Doyle. The store is on the first floor and there are sample rooms above. She has a second location in The Havens.

Written and photographed by Deepthinker Oh

Deepy and her assistant, Ane, at the Maniera office. Behind them is a faux window Deepy created after being inspired by Cherry Muffin.