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.
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!
Fruit by Nike
Yogurt by Tiffany & Co.
iMilk by Apple
Olive oil by United Colors of Benetton
Pasta by Ferrari
Salami by Louis Vuitton
Salt & pepper by Hermes
Flour by Prada
Wheat is Wheat is Wheat - that is the name of a project conducted by the artist and designer Peddy Mergui. Peddy Mergui is the owner of a brand firm and a senior professor of design at the Holon Institute of Technology. His creations stand out through designer’s personal graphic language and his particular taste for “rule-breaking”.
The project shown above plays around the idea of creative packaging, brand building and product perception, by infusing the image of our most basic commodities with values of prestige and luxury. Wheat is Wheat is Wheat explores the dynamic and often blurred ethical boundaries of design within consumer culture. This exhibition is currently on display at Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco. Composed by various packagings (milk or flour boxes, fruit or salami packs), the designs highlight an unusual and insightful connection between notorious fashion labels and average consumer goods. In its very essence, Mergui’s design concept is a humorous yet provocative commentary on global consumer culture.
Niels Peeraer is a Belgian fashion and accessories designer and a graduate of Fashion Department at Royal Academy Of Fine Arts Antwerp. After he granted several awards and a limited edition handbag collaboration with DELVAUX (oldest Fine Leather Luxury Goods House in the world, Founded 1829 in Brussels, Belgium), he established his eponymous label of leather goods, based in Paris. His personal aesthetic is defined by artsy pieces combining vegetable tanned leather and brass fittings, with a high level of craftsmanship. Niels Peeraer stands out through the emotion and cuteness of his work. As he says, ‘there is no limit to cuteness’.
I guess that explains why it is impossible not to fall in love with his creations.