“The Shipping”, by Reisinger Andrés, is a collection that presents ten pieces of furniture, where five come with physical counterparts, but all ten can be implemented digitally in any open-world.
They also come with the promise that they will be iterated on in the future to continue being open-world compatible. This is the next step in Andrés power to transport his viewers. It is a manifestation of a new hybrid reality. Each of the virtual items can be placed in any shared 3D virtual space or "metaverse", including open worlds such as Decentraland and Somnium Space and Minecraft.
The authenticity and ownership of each item is verified via a non-fungible token (NFT), which is individually identified on a blockchain much like a cryptocurrency transaction.
Among the auctioned pieces was Andrés' now-famous Hortensia Chair. The digital rendering of the plush pink chair enveloped in 20,000 fabric petals went viral back in 2018 and was so popular across Instagram that the artist eventually made a physical version. It took a year of research and development to mimic the hyper-tactile, fluffy exterior but the piece eventually went on display at the Montoya gallery in Barcelona.
Other items are what he describes as "impossible objects" – a shiny pink table so bulbous it resembles a bubble of chewing gum, a deflated silver balloon that acts as a couch and a chrome storage unit with individual drawers balanced on its undulating frame.