Arquitectura con los pies en la tierra

03Jul13

Zapatos diseñados por Zaha Hadid.

The NOVA shoe, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for shoe brand United Nude, claims to be the first ever shoe to use rotation moulding in its manufacture. The shoe also employs injection moulding and vacuum casting.

NOVA Shoe by Zaha Hadid for United Nude

The footwear features a striated surface resembling geological formations similar to those used in Hadid’s architectural projects such as the Galaxy Soho development in Beijing.

The shoes were launched yesterday at the L’Eclaireur store in Paris, the same day that United Nude presented a 3D printed shoe designed by fashion designer Iris van Herpen during Paris Fashion Week.

NOVA Shoe by Zaha Hadid for United Nude

 

Zapatos diseñados por Jean Nouvel

French architect Jean Nouvel unveiled a pair of leather and rubber boots for Italian shoe brand Ruco Line at the Interni Hybrid Architecture and Design exhibition in Milan this week.

Pure by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line

Jean Nouvel’s Pure footwear for Ruco Line reduces the concept of a shoe to its purest form, according to the architect.

Pure by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line

The boots have chunky rubber soles and calf leather uppers with a stretchy Lycra lining inside.

Converse, Niemeyer’s Edition

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has created a collection of sneakers and slip-ons for American shoe company Converse, featuring a handwritten poem celebrating the “sensual curve” for which his architecture is famous (+ slideshow).

The Oscar Niemeyer Collection for Converse

Above: Chuck Taylor All Star Chukka Boot

The 104-year-old modernist architect, whose iconic buildings include the spiky Cathedral of Brasilia, reworked five classic styles for Converse, which also reached its 104th birthday this year.

The Oscar Niemeyer Collection for Converse

Above: Chuck Taylor All Star Hi

Each design is inspired by a famous poem by Niemeyer: “It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.”

The Oscar Niemeyer Collection for Converse

Above: Chuck Taylor All Star Oxford

The poem, written in Niemeyer’s handwriting, adorns the canvas upper of the Chuck Taylor All Star Hi sneaker, which also has a red tongue that references the entrance of his Ibirapuera Auditorium in São Paulo.

The Oscar Niemeyer Collection for Converse

Above: Jack Purcell

The black edging of the Chuck Taylor All Star Chukka Boot is inspired by a monument against torture designed by Niemeyer, while the lining includes an architectural illustration referencing the Landless Worker’s Movement in Brazil.

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