Designer George Sully and sneaker aficionado Henry Wong describe their Toronto-based brand, Sully Wong, as “a North American/Asian culture clash brought to you in a form of a sneaker.” Add to that cross-cultural rumpus the distinctive shapes and jazzy brights favored by Karim Rashid and the result is a sneaker-cum-desert boot that resembles a pair of Keds that stayed too long at the circus. The limited-edition Karim for Sully Wong shoes, which make their official debut at next month’s Magic trade show in Las Vegas and hit stores early next year for $299 per pop pair, will be available in four prints in eight colors, including Rashid’s preferred pink. Pictured here is the Kromo print in “kool blue,” which just happens to be a perfect match for Duchess Kate‘s post-baby Jenny Packham frock.
Surely one of the most mesmerizing installations at this year’s Salone del Mobile was Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec‘s “Quiet Motion,” a quartet of cork platforms that rotated, slowly and silently, in the cloister of a Milanese monastery. The installation, presented in partnership with BMWi, was designed “as an allegorical interpretation of movement and contemplation,” according to the brothers, who interpreted the concept of sustainable mobility with materials including fabrics made of the sustainable wool yarn that will be used in the electric car’s seat upholstery and lightweight carbon columns created using renewable energy sources. Here’s a cinematic souvenir of the project: the Quiet Motion film, directed by Juriaan Booij:
It’s going to be a long, hot Warholian summer. Whether zipping down the street on a Warhol skateboard deck, pushing your Andy Warhol + Bugaboo stroller, or simply chatting on your iPhone wrapped in a Warhol snap case, you can pop open a Perrier and quench your thirst the Warhol way. The Nestlé-owned brand is celebrating 150 years of fizzy water with a series of limited-edition bottles (and in Europe, cans as well) inspired by the artist’s 1983 screen prints of Perrier bottles. Perrier tapped Paris-based graphic design studio Hartland Villa to design the new packaging, which also features a selection of Warhol quotes, including “Art is what you can get away with.” You can get away with some art by entering Perrier’s “Take Home a Warhol” sweepstakes, which runs through September 30: one lucky winner will take home “Space Fruit: Lemons,” a 1974 Warhol original.
Andy Warhol artwork © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
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This just in: Zaha Hadid collaborates with Rem Koolhaas! No, not that Rem Koolhaas—his nephew, Rem D. Koolhaas. Also a trained architect, this Koolhaas is the creative director of United Nude, the futuristic shoe company he founded in 2003 with Galahad Clark (of the Clark’s shoemaking Clarks). United Nude’s Möbius strip-inspired heels, angular wedges, and carbon-fiber construction have always had a distinctly Hadidian vibe, and so their latest collaboration seems both entirely appopriate and a long time in coming. Behold the Nova, a striated, cantlivered creation launched this week at L’Eclaireur in Paris.
“Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology,” said Hadid in a statement issued today, “pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.” With a 6.25-inch heel (or heel-shaped void, as they case may be), the shoes are a feat of injection molding, hand molding, and rotation molding. The upper part involves metallic chromed vinyl rubber (in black, rose gold, or silver) and, lest the word vinyl make you twitchy, is lined with luxe nappa leather. Then there’s the hidden platform and heel (fiberglass) and the outsole (rubber again). Ready to buy? United Nude is accepting pre-orders via e-mail, but act fast: only 300 pairs—100 per color—are being made. The bad news: they’re $2,000 a pair. The good news: your Christmas shopping for Daphne Guinness is as good as done.
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• How can design of the built environment create opportunities for increasing physical activity and access to healthier food and beverages? Find out on June 24th as architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, and public health professionals come together for the eighth annual Fit City conference at the Center for Architecture. Not in NYC? Watch the livestream (while jogging in place).
• MJ is getting into the makeup game with Marc Jacobs Beauty. The color cosmetics collection, created in collaboration with Sephora, is set to launch in September with 122 products, including a blush called “Shameless” (a nod to one of the designer’s many tattoos). So how does it compare to working on a fragrance? “I think color is easier,” he told WWD. “Fragrance is even more like, sort of ephemeral in a way. But [color] is closer to the process of making a collection. Formulas are like fabrics, fibers, each fiber, whether silk or cashmere or whatever, they have natural properties. They have a certain look, they give you a certain feeling.”
• Martha Stewart‘s latest redesign goes beyond the pages of Living (look for the overhauled magazine to hit newsstands next week), according to an article in today’s New York Times. A new Martha website will be geared toward visitors with shorter attention spans–a two-minute glitter tutorial? How to frost a cake in 60 seconds or less?
Isabel Marant, come on down! You’re the next designer contestant on the global fashion version of The Price Is Right–better known as H&M. The Swedish fast fashion giant announced today that it has tapped the Studio Berçot grad to create “a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style,” a finely honed blend of Parisian insouciance, rocker grit, and boho glam that sent the world on a frenzied hunt for wedge sneakers.
“I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy,” said Marant in a statement announcing the collaboration. “The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality.” The collection of clothing and accessories (we suspect fringe will be involved) for women and teens will hit 250 H&M stores on November 14. “Isabel Marant pour H&M” will also be available online.
Design lovers got a good look at Pier 57, built in the early 1950s atop floating concrete boxes for New York’s Marine and Aviation department, last month when the historic shipping terminal played host to the inaugural Collective Design Fair, but there will be ample reasons to return now that developer Young Woo & Associates and the Hudson River Park Trust have joined forces to restore and redevelop the pier. The transformation kicks off with “Magic Carpet” (pictured), an installation of 36 shipping containers suspended from the ceiling in the pier’s south head house.
The project was designed by Spanish architect Josemaria de Churtichaga, whose firm, Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo (founded in 1995 with Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo), focuses on “the intimate relation between physical and unphysical aspects, trying to understand architecture as a sensorial interface, as an atmosphere between the man and the environment.” Among their projects are the Cinema Center Matadero and the Library at Villanueva de la Canada in Madrid.
Holocaust survivor Ben Baseman spent four years fighting off Nazis in the birch forests of what was then Poland (now part of Ukraine). Decades later, the episode inspired his son, Gary, to create the Buckingham Warrior, a “defender of strong ideals and a stark reminder to the fragility of our own ecology.” The artist, illustrator, and cult toy maker’s multi-headed deer character comes alive in a new MOCAtv animated short released to coincide with Baseman’s megashow, “The Door Is Always Open,” on view through August 18 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Directed by David Charles and animated by Peter Markowski, the allegorical tale plays out against a raging score by the South-African rap-rave duo Die Antwoord.
The only thing standing between you and your Yves Behar-designed pill cases, condoms, and personal fizzy-lifting-drink maker is your front door. Good news: Behar’s got an app for that, and it may make your keychain obsolete. The designer has teamed up with entrepreneur Jason Johnson on August Smart Lock, which debuted yesterday at the D: All Things Digital conference (watch the demo below, in which the founders emerge on the stage to the strains of “Let My Love Open the Door”).
The system, which installs over an existing deadbolt and makes it possible to open doors with a smartphone, is the latest entry in a nascent smart lock market that includes Lockitron and Unikey. In developing August, which will begin shipping by the end of the year for $199, the goal was to “to make home entry magical, safer than keys or keypads, and something that makes our lives a little better,” according to Behar, who describes both the branding and the app’s user interface as “warm, friendly, and elegant.”