The Re-Inventing Shoes project by United Nude and 3D systems

Pushing the boundaries of rapidly developing technologies and showing the sculptural and experimental qualities that 3D printing offers, united nude joins forces with 3D systems for a major collaborative exhibition presented during milan design week 2015. The architectural shoe exhibition ‘re-inventing shoes’ highlights five exclusive 3D-printed shoes, conceived by a select group of the worlds leading architects and designers: ben van berkel, fernando romero,michael young, ross lovegrove and zaha hadid.

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The select group of high heels embody an overall investigation and exploration into the union of wearable design, functionality, production methods, aesthetics and technology and using the highest quality of 3D printing — selective laser sintering — in a hard nylon and all-new soft rubber material in their realization. each shoe presented for ‘re-inventing shoes’ is available as a up to 50 pair limited edition. ‘Re-inventing shoes’ is on show at teatro arsenale, via c. correnti 11 within the 5vie art + design quarter during milan design week 2015.

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Architect and world economic forum ‘global leader of tomorrow’ fernando romero has conceived ‘ammonite’ for united nude, a shoe that uses the most cutting-edge 3D printing technology, yet results in an organically shaped object that could have been found in nature, like a fossil buried on the bottom of the ocean.

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Intertwined in the design are the old and the new, natural and man-made and the connection between the human body, the earth, and the universe — working together to become simultaneously timeless and forward-looking. Intricately formed geometries have been printed in red, with mathematically-informed compositions creating a delicate, cosmic spiral that meets at the intersection of architecture, art, and design.

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Drawing reference from the image of a flickering light of fire, zaha hadid’s ‘flames’ shoe marks the internationally-renowned architect’s most recent collaboration with united nude.

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The design features flame-like bands that start from the heel and extend upwards to embrace the foot, with an ergonomically-optimized foot bed providing comfort and support for the wearer. Hadid’s architectural language and united nude’s expertise in manufacturing join forces in the creation of a shoe that embodies both a sculptural sensibility and experimentation of technology — highlighting the essence of fire: delicate and ephemeral, yet compelling and dynamic.

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