Architects design sculptural footwear using 3D printing technology


UNStudio has unveiled its new shoe design for footwear brand United Nude called UNX2, that will be part of the exhibition Re-inventing Shoes during Milan Design Week 2015.

Founder of UNStudio, Ben van Berkel said: “We were particularly interested in the kinds of images the shoe could create, both when static and when in motion. When the wearer is still, the curve of the foot can be glimpsed within the shoe and the dynamics of movement are suggested by the curving vertical ribbons that envelop it.

“However, once the wearer begins to move, shifting levels of transparency are created and the vertical lines create a staccato rhythm reminiscent of early stop-motion photography. The UNX2 shoe creates patterns of movement and produces a dynamic form of image-making through motion.”


The architect compared the shape of the shoe to that of a “hoof”.


UNX2 by Ben van Berkel

UNStudio is not the only architecture firm collaborating with United Nude for this exhibiton. Here are more designs from five different architects and designers including Zaha Hadid, Ross Lovegrove, Michael Young and Fernando Romera, all created using 3D-printing technology by 3D Systems.

Flames by Zaha Hadid 

Flames by Zaha Hadid

Ilabo by Ross Lovegrove

Ilabo by Ross Lovegrove

Young Shoe by Michael Young

Young by Michael Young

Ammonite by Fernando Romero

Ammonite by Fernando Romero



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