Growing Objects via Artisanal Bio-Mimetic Provocation | Sruli Recht
These coral boots, made with “combinations of discredited Calcium, co-dependant Carbonate, and Magnesium-Obtanium” are both a morbid and beautifully poetic design experiment by, Sruli Recht.
“This sculpture exploration directly refers to the rising of the oceans in relation to the climate crisis.
Not only does glacial melt increase the water volume and effect its salinity, like any object when it heats and expands, as the oceans warm the water swells accelerating the tidal creep.
These boots are a part of a larger series work in progress.
For these, you put your two feet in, bound together by the mesh. The front of the foot extends out the front where the shoe fades away.
You put your feet in and the ocean levels rise up while you turn into the coral.
These are shoes for drowning in.” – Sruli Recht
You can see more of the Coral Boots, as well as a poetic description of the ideology behind these grown sculptures by Sruli, below.
“I like to tease these things out.
Actually that isn’t true at all. I like to tell nothing about anything till it is all complete and ready for an explosive entry through the black holes in your eyes.
It’s the fashion olympics, keeping it all under-wraps until the walk begins.
But here and now the experimental process takes form from the visual fractions to the visible totalities.
Today it’s Piaget and his relentless observation of the innocent come forward into the application of mineral technique to whispers of steel.
What are you looking at exactly?
I can’t tell you yet.
Not because I don’t want to, but because the words are not there to fill the lines. They don’t exist yet.
What I can say is, this is a technique I use to turn water solid… have it form and grow over the filament skeletons of a sculptural expression.
It’s taken 4 years to get this far in the organic precision of this specific bio-mimetic dance-move.
And since then the fire has increased, the world burns hotter, a collective flame slowly extinguished by the rising tides of an unforgiving swelling ocean.
And so, in preparation this new sunken world, a new body of work, these garments for drowning in, take permanence in the airs we share from the waters we neglect.” – Sruli Recht
The Design & Development Of Mr. Bailey’s “The Simple Things” Sneaker
This whole story started after a last minute meeting in New York City earlier this year, I won’t go too much in to detail but it was a moment that I’ll never forget – not only just casually getting to link the way we did, but what this person told me really blew my mind, and in-turn, inspired this whole project (fyi – it wasn’t Pharrell).
It inspired me so much infact, I reached out to the CONSTRUCT:10061 team (Jay Steere & Jackie Burlage) to see if there was a way to facilitate creating something new, specifically inspired by Takashi Murakami, and also Pharrell – which lead me to a sculpture they created together back in 2008 called, “The Simple Things”.
Pharrell had created 7 essential items, things he used almost daily, encrusted them in all types of jewels and asked Takashi if he could create a sculpture to place the items onto. The premise being to celebrate the simple things in life.
One of the most glaring details of the Mr. DOB sculpture would have to be the gigantic teeth protruding from it’s gums, which was a feature I wanted to try and create within the sneaker in more than a purely aesthetic way. After sketching up some ideas and a few early morning calls with David Filar from Vibram, we started to create a sole unit that took direct inspiration from those teeth, but also, as wild as it looked, was totally functional (wearable). From a story telling aspect I also asked if it would be possible to 3D print the 7 essential items found on the tongue of the scultpure (a can of Pepsi, a cupcake, Johnson’s baby lotion, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, a bag of Doritos chips, a Trojan Magnum condom and a Billionaire Boys Club sneaker, that we switch to a Timberland boot) to later be placed in the tongue of each sneaker.
Having developed the sole (essentially a rubber cage with an EVA drop-in) and 3D printing the 7 items, the Timberland GIC/CONSTRUCT:10061 developers (David Haas, Kurtis Schnackenberg & Linda Lai) worked diligently on creating the two uppers to the concept; a removable outer bootie that represented the skin of the Mr. DOB sculpture, and the inner shoe made from 6 multi-coloured layers of suede and a recycled PET bottle lining that representated the inside of the sculptures mouth.
As a final touch I worked with Black Ink Projects to further tell the story of the project through the packaging. We created a blacked out casing made from Japanese Takeo paper with a personalised black note card made from pressed colored card that when lifted revealed a rainbow coloured inner with random teeth scattered around the inside of the box, with the sneakers nestled within.
We created total of 3 pairs. Below you can see some of the many stages of the project, from the initial inspiration to line art and samples, that it took to make those pairs. Thanks again to everyone that helped bring this concept to life, CONSTRUCT:10061, Vibram, Black Ink Projects, as well as to Takashi for always supporting.Images: Highsnobiety / John Chen
The Design Of The Reebok AT Craze 2.0
Reebok Footwear Designer 1, Marc V Brosseau shared some insight into the initial design of the Reebok AT Craze 2.0.
“Made to eat up any kind of wild terrain. These lightweight trail running shoes have a durable nylon upper built for speed and agility. A drainage system sheds water quickly and helps keep out debris. The true and tested high-traction rubber sole has a dynamic lug pattern to maintain secure footing on aggressive ascents and descents.” – Brosseau
You can see some of Marc’s sketches and renderings, as well as the final model, below.
Design Direction: John Januszewski
Development: Al DiCarla
Product Marketing: Jessie Peteron
A Look At The Inital Design Of The Filling Pieces REAF
Head of Footwear Design at FillingPieces, Michael Lennheden recently shared a look into some of the initial sketches/renders of FP’s new silhouette, the Reaf, which will be available at Paris Fashion week next month.
In signature Lennheden style, below you can see how he’s cleverly incorporated the FP logo into the pattern of the upper, as well as look at his procreate skills, and ofcourse a look at the final model.
Initial Render Of The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2
Nike Senior Footwear Designer, Vianney de Montgolfier shared an initial render of the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 to his portfolio earlier this summer. With a style that’s become a signtaure of his work, Vianney’s renderings always display a beautiful amount of fast-paced movement with a focus design details.
You can see Vianney’s render, as well as a look at the final silhouette, below.
Filling Pieces Shares Initial Sketch Of Their “Carabiner Heels”
Filling Pieces Footwear Designer, Martin Sallieres recently shared a look at the initial sketch of one of their most intriguing styles to date, a carabiner inspired high heel, designed by FP’s founder Guillaume Philibert, Dieylane Cisse and Martin.
Below you can see the sketch, as well as the final proto.
A Look At The Design Of The New Balance HIERROv5
New Balance footwear designer, Seth Maxwell recently shared an insight into the design of the New Balance HIERROv5.
“The task for this project was to merge “crisp, utilitarian functionality with unexpected interest.” The update needed to incorporate a Vibram rubber o/s, FreshFoam midsole, as well as improved breathability and versatility in upper construction than found in the predecessor. This shoe needed to encompass a wide range of terrain skill sets and user cases, being a formidable option for the hiking consumer and the advanced runner.” – Sam Maxwell
You can see some of the initial sketches and renders, as well as images of the final shoe, below.
Project Managment: Colin Ingram
Project Development: Karyn Fulmer
Sole Development: Brandon Miller
Color Design: Becky Field
Material Design: Meredith Hoffman
“After initial concept ideas were discussed amongst the team, it became important to focus in on the platform of the shoe. It was paramount to consider the variety of users in this shoe, everyone from recreational hikers to distance terrain runners. We sourced as much feedback from athletes and consumers as we could into the bottom unit design.” – Sam
Mammut Saentis II Concept By Silvano Spada
Designer Silvano Spada created this Mammut Saentis II concept as a 15 hour personal challenge to better his story telling skills.
Silvano concocted this Mammut concept which features a reflective TPU toe section, 3D knit upper fabric, EVA outsole as well as a whole host of other design elements, by using miscellanious componants from various brands.
You can see the full project by Silvano, below.
“Sneaker Doodles” By Oliver Walderhaug
Recent Umeå Institute of Design graduate, Oliver Walderhaug recently shared a collection of his “sneaker doodles” via his Behance portfolio. Taking inspiration from things like architecture and automobiles, each doodle takes that initial inspo and then re-imagines it in some type of sneaker form.
You can see some of Oliver’s sneaker concept sketches, below.
Unreleased Auxetic Self Fitting Shoes From Sruli Recht
One of the most creative designers in the industry, Sruli Recht recently sent over some images of an unreleased shoe he created back in 2013.
A “self fitting” shoe, made from a reversed draped auxetic* leather, which forms to your individual foot shape. The shoe also features a prosthetic, high grip silicone sole.
Both beautifully raw as well as technically progressive, you can see Sruli’s auxetic self fitting leather shoes below.
*Auxetics are structures or materials that have a negative Poisson’s ratio. When stretched, they become thicker perpendicular to the applied force. This occurs due to their particular internal structure and the way this deforms when the sample is uniaxially loaded.
6xTeam Shares Inspiration Behind The Envelope ISPA Joyride
The IG account for the NSW special projects & innovation footwear design team, 6xTeam recently shared some insight into the ideas that inspired the Envelope ISPA Joyride.
“We looked at the functional part of using a plastic bag around your foot, to temporarily protect your footwear, and then transformed it into a more functional/ durable aesthetic product to protect your 📩🖤 (feet).” – 6xTeam
Below you can see some of the initial inspo, as well as a look at a GIF of the Envelope ISPA Joyride’s folding closure function.
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Kengo Kuma’s Bamboo Weaving Inspired ASICS Collaboration
Acclaimed Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma has collaborated with ASICS to create a super refreshing take on their Metaride AMU silhouette.
The style features a layered, interwoven upper pattern made from synthetic strips, inspired by a traditional japanese bamboo crafting technique known as ‘Yatara Knitting’. The style also utilizes an eco-conscious tan midsole, made from a wood-derived textile, with a white “Flytefoam” outsole.
You can see some of the initial design process, as well as a look at the final shoe, below.