Furniture design

Deniz Aktay’s Infinity Stool is an impossible optical illusion

Product designer and CGI artist Deniz Aktay designed the Infinity Stool while experimenting with different shapes and lines.

Using Maxon’s Cinema4D and Corona Renderer, Aktay has created the Infinity stool, a concept stool inspired by optical illusions.

The piece consists of sixteen metal rings interlocking one another to create a metal stool that looks seemingly impossible.

“The illusory lines of this piece are much inspired by the work of MC Escher,” says Aktay.

“I just love his optical illusions and wanted to design something similar which could also be very useful.”

“Every single line of this piece is different and surprising for the spectator but the special  shape makes it also very firm and stable.”

Infinity Stool by Deniz Atkay
© Deniz Atkay

Aktay began by creating a spline, which he then copied and pasted several times while changing its shape proportionally. Eventually, the design began to take shape.

Meanwhile, the choice to render the Infinity Stool came in a material that looks like metal came at a later stage.

“This was the only material I could think of that could achieve the desired shape and firmness of the stool in real life,” he explains.

© Deniz Atkay

Aktay does it again

We can’t seem to get enough of Aktay’s hyperrealistic renders, like this one that we published last week. He’s a great example of a cohort of designers that are leading the way when it comes to digital design.

As software and technology are evolving, the industry for hyper-realistic renderings is too.

Nowadays, product designers like Aktay are turning their talent to software adjusting lighting and shadows, roughness and reflections, to realise a vision of a product that looks just like a real photograph.

© Deniz Atkay
Infinity Stool by Deniz Atkay
© Deniz Atkay


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