Alexis Christodoulou.
Alexis Christodoulou.
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Your magical, imaginary architectural 3D renderings have taken the world by storm. Where did it all start?

It all started as a hobby while I was working my day job in advertising. I needed a creative outlet and I’ve always been fascinated by computer-generated imagery.

You’ve recently relocated from Cape Town and opened a new design studio in Amsterdam; tell us more about that?

We moved here for a change of scenery and felt it was time to create a studio to house our creative work. It’s called Color C Studio and we have some exciting projects coming out, including some physical items that we designed in 3D.

Steam Room.
Steam Room.
Image: Alexis Christodoulou
Red moon rising.
Red moon rising.
Image: Alexis Christodoulou

You’ve collaborated with quite a few iconic brands recently. Which project are you most proud of, and why?

Most recently we were able to work for Cassina furniture design, which was a big one for us. Last year we worked with Microsoft and we have an ongoing collaboration between us and Kenzo.

Who or what inspires and motivates you at the moment, and why?

Oh, there’s quite a bit. I sometimes find it difficult to distil it all. I’m currently doing a residency in Florence, Italy, and this city

always inspires me so much, but even more so the countryside that surrounds it. I’ve been doing a bit of cypress-tree research while I’m here, I really love them visually.

Future Reflections.
Future Reflections.
Image: Alexis Christodoulou
Mars on Earth Revised.
Mars on Earth Revised.
Image: Alexis Christodoulou

What are you working on right now?

My wife (and business partner) and I are in Italy doing an artist residency. She’s a ceramic artist and we’re experimenting with a ceramic and 3D collaboration. I’ve 3D scanned her sculptures in the past and this is a continuation of that idea.

Being at the top of your game can be tricky. What’s  your go-to activity when you’re running low on inspiration? It may seem counterintuitive, but I think the thing that works best is to take a break; go out into nature, sit on some grass, and stare at some trees.

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 From the July edition of Wanted, 2021.

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