ADAPTIV: THE CUSTOM 3D PRINTED BOOT

Brought to you by SOLS, this 5 layer boot is custom scanned and printed as an exoskeleton with the remaining inner layers utilizing air bags, sole and leather finishings. It will expand and tighten according to motion to optimize fit and is certainly a foot in the right direction…

3D Printing: The Evolution

The process of additive manufacturing is evolving very quickly and it won’t be long before the everyday consumer really feels the impact. For the moment, the novelty lends itself well to the luxury market, whether it’s a printed CAR, HOUSE or more modestly, the customizable Prada shoe! Clients can soon choose not only heels andContinue reading “3D Printing: The Evolution”

Logic + Geometry + Space = Maiko Takeda

Working in a particularly unusual void between sculpture and millinery, Maiko Takeda explores new volumes and innovative, spontaneous spins on everyday inspirations. With a BA honours in jewellry from St. Martins and a masters in millinery from the Royal College of Art, she has also worked with the phenomenal Stephen Jones, Phillip Treacy, Erickson BeamonContinue reading “Logic + Geometry + Space = Maiko Takeda”

Entomology Elegance: Hirst & Prada Collaborate

I’ve always been one for all things entomology, or rather, Ethnoentomology (the study of the relationship between insects and people). So it’s natural that this new collaboration between Damien Hirst and Prada should catch my eye. With only 20 bags made, they are in tandem with Hirst’s first exhibit in Qatar called, “RELICS”. Most beastiesContinue reading “Entomology Elegance: Hirst & Prada Collaborate”

Through the Looking Glass: Google’s “Explorer”

With the race on for wearable technologies such as smartwatches by Apple and Samsung, Google is forging ahead with it’s glasses that incorporate augmented reality, straight out of William Gibson’s novel, “Virtual Light” from 1993. Here you can have a sneak preview what this will look like… Google Glass “Explorer” will retail for approx. US$1,500Continue reading “Through the Looking Glass: Google’s “Explorer””

Wrap It Up: The Studio Wrap by Nike

On the heels of (excuse the pun) Lululemon and other yoga-pilates outfitters, Nike has decided to get in on the action with studio based footwear. A hybrid between minimalist barefoot pads and ballet shoes, it is useful for those who do not want to go bare or use sweaty socks. After much research and many,Continue reading “Wrap It Up: The Studio Wrap by Nike”

The Empress’ New Shoes: Andreia Chaves

Working between Europe and Brazil, Andreia Chaves is a design consultant for several international companies. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Andreia Chaves’ work captured the attention of international media even before her graduation from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010 with her 3D printinvisible shoe series. That is not a surprise…

Raindrops keep falling on my Rain Shield

Rain Shield is a Red Dot award winner designed by Lin Min-Wei and Liu Li-Hsiang, two taiwanese students with vision and ingenuity. Using a flat, portable pop-up tent structure, it miraculously emerges in an instant and has none of the usual archaic components and can be redirected towards fending off driving wind and rain. RAINSHIELD