Vintage Cars Meet Pool Floaties in This Artist’s Kooky Midcentury Landscape



We chat with Chris Labrooy about “The Future Ain’t The Same as it Used to Be,” a short film in which the artist mashes up classic cars with pool floaties—and sets them loose in a Palm Springs playground.

His Labrooy's 911 series, four pink Porsche 911 Carrera RS float as if weightless near a Palm Springs midcentury home.

In Chris Labrooy’s super-saturated world of digital art, nothing is as it seems. The self-taught artist, based in Scotland, delights in subverting expectations of familiar objects to create landscapes that are at once surreal and hyperreal. Labrooy’s masterful 3D illustrations have landed him major clients around the world and include the likes of Apple, Porsche, Nike, Jaguar, British Airways, and more. Yet, it’s in his personal projects where we think he has the most fun.

In his latest short film, The Future Ain’t the Same as it Used to Be, Labrooy merges classic cars from around the world with giant pool floaties into comically personified mash-ups that frolic around a midcentury home in Palm Springs. We asked the 3D artist about his inflatable creations in his newest work, as well as the tools he uses to bring his designs to life.

“The irreverent meets the sublime in this animated short film that follows an all-star automotive cast from around the world,” Labrooy says of his newest work, The Future Ain’t the Same as it Used to Be. “Elegant British classics mix with inflatable German autos and chopped up American metal.”

Chris Labrooy

How would you describe your style?

I like to mix the old and the new and try to offer a new perspective on things. I will take a very familiar object to us like a Porsche 911 and give it a humorous or abstract twist and then throw in some old school architecture. It should never take itself too seriously.  

In this concoction, Labrooy merged the Mercedes Pagoda with a flamingo floatie.

In this concoction, Labrooy merged the Mercedes Pagoda with a flamingo floatie.

Chris Labrooy

Can you explain the meaning behind the title The Future Ain’t the Same as it Used to Be?

The title captures how I wanted the film to feel. I wanted a lot of the design elements to feel 20th century but with a futuristic spin on things like the e-type Jaguar, which hovers in front of an old Case Study house. Post-war American visions of the future are very inspiring to me, and I hope the film reflects that old and new…and unexpected vibe.

A 1968 Pontiac Bonneville mysteriously sinks into a drained midcentury swimming pool.

A 1968 Pontiac Bonneville mysteriously sinks into a drained midcentury swimming pool.

Chris Labrooy

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