Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Shoecitecture



These shoes are insane!  The mobius shoe is by Rem Koohaas and is actually wearable and sold through United Nude.  Cool.  Julian Hakes of Hakes Architecture London designed the Mojito that consists of a single piece that wraps around the wearer’s foot, forming support for the heel and ball.  Not as wearable but such a unique concept.  
From the designer:

I set to exploring this question in a similar way to how I would design a bridge, examining the forces and looking at the most simple, elegant yet poetic expression of the forces at play within the materials used. With this approach I then set about wrapping my foot in tracing paper, then binding it up in masking tape and then drawings various geometries onto and over the form of my foot.
The next stage was rather dangerous as I had to cut the shape off my foot with a scalpel and not damage the pattern or my foot.
The design this produced is a single wrapped geometry which starts under the ball of the foot and then over the bridge, then sweeping down below the heel before then twisting back on itself to provide the support for the heel and ankle.
This form felt light and airy on the foot. So we called it the ‘Mojito’ as it was rather like a twist of lime skin.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Watch This Space...

I'm curious to see what the British Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio will look like when it will be unveiled in May in Shanghai.  The images look really intriguing and exciting.  It's similar to Heatherwicks Sitooterie II from a few years back (derived from the Scottish, a 'sitooterie' is a small building in which to literally "sit oot", cute huh?)
From the Heatherwick website:
The studio’s concept is an enclosure that throws out from all faces a mass of long, radiating cilia. Their length means they gently sway in response to any wind movement. It rests on its soft forest in an urban field, surrounded by a concrete canopy that resembles unfolded wrapping paper.

From the 2010 Expo website:
The first transparent acrylic rod was hoisted and put into place on the Seed Cathedral, the centerpiece of the UK Pavilion, yesterday, marking the start of the pavilion's final phase of construction.
The 20-meter-high cube-like Seed Cathedral will be covered by 60,000 slim, transparent acrylic rods, which will quiver in the breeze.  Each 7-meter-long rod contains a certain type of seed, a call from the UK to protect natural species and the future of mankind.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Capital Kitchens


I can't believe this place is in a shopping centre.  Yes, really!  It's in the luxury precinct at Chadstone and you'll never go to the food courts again after this place.  It's a beautiful space where you can relax and get away from everything.  I must admit that I avoid shopping centres at all costs however work has taken me to every single one in Melbourne and that includes Chadstone of course so at least I can get a good coffee there.

The material selection is stunning, natural timbers, brickwork, felt upholstery and stone, it reminded me a little of Daylesford Organic in Pimlico that I totally fell in love with.  The food and produce is on merchandised amongst potted plants and homewares and gives the impression that the food is farm fresh and organic (don't know if it really is) and it's makes a welcoming cafe with a great outdoor space.  This one is by The Big Group and mim design.  Love it.

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