'Virtual' furniture sells for nearly half a million dollars
March 17, 2021 | 4:51 pm UTC
A line of virtual furniture has sold for more than $450,000 online.
The line, created by Argentinian designer Andrés Reisinger, does not feature any actual furniture - at least yet. The items are digitally-rendered - able to be placed into and viewed in virtual and augmented reality spaces and games. 
The collection is bizarre and other-worldly in appearance. The 10 items include shapeshifting sofas, floating tables, and deflating chairs. Five items come with a real physical counterpart, which Reisinger says are currently being built.
Reisinger put the collection for sale on Nifty Gateway, an online auction site for digital assets based in blockchain.
Virtual furniture could impact the furniture design industry. Typically, manufacturers start with research and development and then testing. A product is usually then introduced to the public via design fairs and pitched to the press for coverage. Reisinger says he's able to largely skip this process, instead gauging demand from a render posted to his Instagram page. 

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