Design

NikeEams

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NikeEames‘ model by Ora-Ïto, inspired by the famous Eames Lounge Chair

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Eames Lounge Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company(1956)

‘Dare to Dream’ Design Awards

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Melco Crown Entertainment, with the support of DESIGNBOOM, has launched its signature CSR series “Dare to Dream” by presenting the Dare to Dream Design Awards themed with 『着物×きもの×KIMONO』. “Dare to Dream” design competition aims to preserve and to promote the understanding of the history and beauty of the traditional Japanese kimono while bringing new possibilities and sustainability to kimono.

Devided in two categories – Free Design (delivered in form of fashion, product, architecture, interiors, industrial design, graphic design and lifestyle) and Graphic Design (seeking original and innovative motifs and patterns for kimonos), the competition is open to applicants from every country in the world – from professionals, students, to design-enthusiasts. Registration is free.

For further information check designboom

Alexander Wang’s Flagship Store Design

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We know that, apart from his usual fashion collections, Alexander Wang adores designing objects. He already sells jump ropes, inflatable black pool rings, pocket chains, water bottles with holder or shot glasses with case, ashtrays or bottle openers. It seems that this time he decided to move to another level. His recent collaboration with the Australian brand Haydenshape led him to develop these marble-like surfboards displayed in Wang’s new flagship store in Soho, as part of an installation containing a black metal cage and a black wave sculpted from sand. Truth is the five surfboards adorned with different graphic patterns inspired by marble slabs may appear rather as conceptual art pieces than design objects.

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images via designboom.com

Design Concept – ‘Fondue Slippers’

A graduate from Tama Art University’s design department, SATSUKI OHATA is a freelance designer currently based in Tokyo. His ‘Fondue Slipper’ project, recently displayed at Milano Salone Satellite 2014, caught my attention not just by ‘the look’, but mainly by the daring concept that it promotes.

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Pay attention, because this project is interesting for several reasons.

Firstly, it challenges the traditional style of shoe making. Satsuki Ohata wanted to design absolutely new footwear, easy to produce and perfectly matching with wearer’s foot. Secondly – proposing a DIY formula, the designer involves the customer, inventing a technique which can be easily performed at home. How it works? You just dip your foot into a liquid and dry it. The idea was inspired by Swiss cuisine (because the production process is similar to cheese fondue).

As a result, the shoe looks like a second skin, it’s easy to wash clean after use, it is designed to wear both inside and outside (it can also be used as slipper by folding the heel).

After all, the concept is smart, easy, fun, creative. And it also leaves room for customization and further improvements.

Of course, what we have here is just a prototype, made out of PVC. The right material is under developing, as Satsuki Ohata aims to develop a kit which allows anybody to fabric his/her own Fondue Slipper at home. We love the idea and support him in this creative adventure!

The Perfect Shoes – Dior Fall 2014

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Sporty, robotic, elegant – Raf Simons’ design for Dior Fall 2014 collection is surely a highlight of the season. I’ve always said that a good designer is one who knows how to define a fashion silhouette, to finish it from head to toe. In this regard (and in many others), Raf Simons proves to be the best.

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images via style.com

Strange Connections

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Lucie Koldova – Mona lamp

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Darth Vader mask

NIKE x Kanye West

NIKE’ s long awaited Air Yeezy 2 “Red October”, designed by Kanye West, was officially released, selling out in minutes. Sculptural, completely red, with special texture – how could anyone resist it?

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