Zaha Hadid and more feature in architectural shoe exhibition for Milan Design Week
As part of Milan design week 2015 United Nude and 3D systems present 'Re-Inventing Shoes' – an architectural shoe exhibition that highlights five new and exclusive 3D-printed collaboration shoes with architectural elements. Each individually designed by; Zaha Hadid, Ben Van Berkel, Ross Lovegrove, Fernando Romero and Michael Young.
The fusion exhibition sees fashion, design, architecture and technology merge into five of the most inventive 3D creations ever seen. The aim of the project is to explore and push the boundaries of the 3D printing technology for creating shoes with the greatest amount of sculptural freedom.
The production method used involves the highest quality of 3D printing in two different materials, which hasn't been done before. Both a hard nylon and an all new soft rubber material were printed to form the shoes and make them wearable.
Iraqi born architect, Zaha Hadid spoke about how she approached the project: "As a designer, you first have to understand how shoes land with each step, how the wearer can balance and also the ergonomics and dynamics of how to ensure comfort and support - it's all about working with the foot." she goes on to say, "but of course our intention was also to create a shoe that explores new possibilities in terms of design and manufacturing techniques. all these aspects have been carefully considered as a whole, and I don't think one is more important than the others."