• Cindy W. Hodnett

Planner 5D says artificial intelligence is the future of interior design

Planner 5D, which already gives virtual reality option to its users, is currently working on incorporating artificial intelligence within its apps.

HIGH POINT — Interior design app Planner 5D plans to incorporate artificial intelligence into its apps in order to help users create their dream home design with a click of a button.

According to a report from Tractica, artificial intelligence (AI) software application will grow from $1.4 billion in 2016 to $60 billion by 2025, and officials from Planner 5D think interior design might be the next field where AI replaces humans.

Planner 5D’s AI is learning about general interior design rules, technical requirements and how to match colors and styles. For example, AI is learning that a television cannot be placed in front of a window as it will reflect light, that a bed should stand sideways to a window and that a couch should be placed in front of a television or a fireplace in the living room. Technical requirements include average square feet per person, lighting, the width of doors and the height of ceilings.

After a user indicates her preferred style, the number of people in the household and the location of the house, AI will come up with optimal home design results.

“Currently, only professional designers know design rules and techniques,” said Alexey Sheremetyev, co-founder of Planner 5D. “Our vision is to empower everyone to become interior designers with an app that combines artificial intelligence with virtual reality. When we connect interior design techniques with AI, we hope to surpass an average interior designer who works using ‘cookie cutter’ design methods. Later on, we might even win some interior design contests.”

Planner 5D representatives said that with the help of AI, users’ wishes will be predicted before they even think about a solution, and accessed and shown through DIY virtual reality goggles or on one of the in-app 3D projections. The machine learning algorithm will crawl through someone’s projects looking for patterns.

Originally a startup company founded by Alexey Sheremetyev and Sergey Nosyrev, Planner 5D has a community of more than 18 million users with more than 100,000 users daily. It is a free cross-platform application which supports in-app purchases and can be used on a browser, Android and iOS. The app offers customization of furniture with the ability to change textures, colors and size, a VR tool and creative suggestions for home design.

Cindy HodnettCindy W. Hodnett | Upholstery/Style Editor

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying the sloping curves of sofa frames, the intricacies of fabric and the nail head trim and button accents that function as jewelry on a piece of upholstery. I research the companies that bring these things together for retailers, and ultimately consumers, and interview industry leaders about their business strategies and where they think furniture is heading in the future. And when traveling, I provide a sneak peek at what I'm seeing, whether at international markets or in High Point or Las Vegas.

I look forward to sharing what I see and I hope you'll feel free to do the same. Email me at chodnett@furnituretoday.com or follow me on Twitter @CynthiaWHodnett.

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