5 Pairs of 3D Printed Shoes presented at Milan Design Week 2015
The creations of five famous designers 3D printed with 3D Systems technology.
United Nude and 3D Systems are back at it, designing sometimes exotic, sometimes terrifying, always 3D printed shoes for Milan Design Week 2015. At the epic design festival, the partners are hosting an architectural shoe exhibition, titled “Re-Inventing Shoes”, featuring five leading architects and designers, including: Ben van Berkel, Fernando Romero, Michael Young, Ross Lovegrove and Zaha Hadid.
Said Shamlian, “The last models arrived from Quickparts on the Wednesday. All the pieces were prepped and pre-hung by Sparks craftsmen on Thursday. It was shipped to New York and installed to the delight of the client on Friday.”
This project was a truly a challenging collaboration between the Sparks creative team, Vick Art Advisors, the creators of the original digital file, the client, and the experts at 3D Systems QuickParts. The result culminated in what is possibly the largest permanent 3D print array currently in existence.
All shoes are 3D printed in nylon for the rigid portions, via 3D Systems’ selective laser sintering, and flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for the parts of the shoes that must be more flexible, likely using 3DS’ ProJet systems.
UNX2, by Ben van Berkel
Berkel was captivated by the potential visuals of the shoe, both in motion and in stillness, and used this project to explore the dynamics of movement. Providing glimpses of the foot through curving vertical ribbons, UNX2 creates shifting transparencies and rhythms running from the ground to the ankle.
Ammonite, by Fernando Romero
Inspired by delicate fossil forms, Romero’s spiraled design stunningly intersects sculpture, fashion and technology with mathematically-informed compositions and an organic flow of movement.
YOUNG Shoe, by Michael Young
Energized by the prospect of designing without boundaries, Michael Young embraced 3D printing and the notion of reinventing to overhaul the ways shoes may or can be perceived. The result was a heeled boot that showcases lattice visuals with both flexibility and durability, the combination of which was only possible through 3D printing.
Ilabo, by Ross Lovegrove
From working with 3D printing, Lovegrove feels we have entered “a second renaissance” directed towards extraordinary abstract beauty. ‘Ilabo’ takes advantage of the technology by using no extraneous materials towards volume or function and grounding the female form while simultaneously granting it elegant vertical extension.
Flames, by Zaha Hadid
Drawing on the dynamic essence of fire, Hadid used 3D printing to explore the visuals of design, the sensibilities of structure and the freedom of technology to create a stimulating and powerful final product.