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  • “Ammonite” by Fernando Romero for the “Re-Inventing shoes” exhibition. Image courtesy of United Nude.

  • “Ilabo” by Ross Lovegrove for the “Re-Inventing shoes” exhibition. Image courtesy of United Nude.

  • “Unx2” by Ben van Berkel for the “Re-Inventing shoes” exhibition. Image courtesy of United Nude.


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United Nude’s “Re-Inventing shoes” exhibition during Salone del Mobile 2015

Footwear brand United Nuded has teamed up with 3D Systems for an exhibition than explores the limits of 3D printing technology, uniting fashion, design and architecture. Titled “Re-Inventing shoes”, the exhibition features five of the world’s most renowned architects and product designers: Zaha Hadid, Ross Lovegrove, Ben van Berkel, Fernando Romero and Michael Young. The designers drew inspiration from nature, architecture, the cosmos and the geometry of the human body, creating for the occasion five exclusive 3D-printed high heels, each coming in a limited edition of up to 50 pairs.

Launched during this year’s Salone del Mobile (April 14 – 19, 2015) at the Teatro Arsenale, Milan, “Re-Inventing shoes” features some of most inventive shoe designs we have ever seen, all very close to sculpture, pushing the boundaries of innovative technology and wearable design. United Nude explains that for the creation of the cutting-edge shoes it was used the highest quality of 3D printing (Selective Laser Sintering), employing a hard nylon material for the harder parts and an all-new rubber material for the softer ones. The result is a series of impressive, fully functional shoes that celebrate creative freedom and could be worthy to be displayed in a museum.

Re-Inventing shoes” exhibition runs during Salone del Mobile, April 14 – 19, 2015, at the Teatro Arsenale, Via Cesare Correnti 11, Milan.