Thursday, February 25, 2010

Calatrava's Manolo Blahnik

We have seen Zaha design her shoes...which turn our to look very her...not ursula-ish....curves and all that. With this blog entry, the architect's works become the inspiration. In Dezeen, Tea Petrovic's Shoes pay homage to Calatrava and a sculptor named, Naum Gabo. I am not so familiar with the sculptor, but with Santhiagoh....we go waaayyyy back...UH HUH... way back... way back when the only architects you knew was Frank, Louis and Mies... then all of a sudden Santiago's bridge make a pristine and white but dynamic...So I said... Eero Saarinen is so last decade (snap snap on air) ... Don't get me wrong, I love Eero.... in a vintage kind of way. Santiago has really defined himself in the world of architecture geeks...whose designs are becoming a source of aesthetic. Now I wonder, if Tea is alluding her design aesthetic to other artists/ curious what her own design voice is. Still, even if I am not a shoe lover, the first time I saw these Petrovic's shoes, I remember myself seeing Caltrava's bridge for the first time. It was like the orgasm that Carrie Bradshaw was having over a pair of Manolos. Purely magical.


  1. while it does LOOK like calatrava's work in a cartoonish sort of way, it's very clear that the elements of this shoe were not 'engineered'. in fact, unlike calatrava's work, which performs its functions elegantly and with minimum means, this appears to be a lot of flash, but unable to to anything well. the stringy parts are in compression? the soles have no thickness at all, offering neither support nor good protection from stuff on the ground? these are a joke, right?

  2. I have to say I agree with the comment above.

  3. I completely agree twee. Howevs... Can you imagine an "engineered" shoe? Dont you think it's goin to make it complicated? When shoes are supposed to be just pweeety with superficial decoration like a christmas twee....don't get me wrong...because we are wearing same shoes when you said:"in a cartoonish way"... and I am for design with reason...I am curious also, if there are shoes out there that has a structural design? If there is a failure, what happens to the live load?

    DeeDee (Design Dummy)