Furniture Informing Footwear

Furniture Informing Footwear

We're huge fans of the Campana Brothers' work — the Corallo Chair in particular — but here on Apartment Therapy they catch a lot of heat for being astronomically overpriced (although that's not the point of their furniture, but we digress...). Inspired by sprawling coral reefs in Brazil, the Corallo chair has now been translated into an affordable, sustainably manufactured shoe through a partnership between the Campanas and Brazilian shop, Melissa. But the new Corallo Chair is not the only seat for your feet — footwear designers United Nude have long celebrated a utilitarian love affair with the Eames Universal Chair and Table Base...

Campana designs are informed by the materials and celebrate the humanization of handmade objects, which is what makes them so expensive. Where the Corallo chair is painstakingly formed by hand from steel wire and costs $8,900, the Corallo flat embraces the seemingly random, handmade look but uses an efficient and sustainable manufacturing process to bring this design to the masses and contribute proceeds to a good cause (costs only $79).

Ironically, the Eamz collection by United Nude could cost you more than the standard Eames shell chair, proving that not all furniture footwear is conceptualized equally. However I (Kayla) own a pair of these heels and can swear they are the most comfortable shoes you'll ever wear. They ingeniously utilize the concept of the chair base to divert pressure and give the sensation of walking on flats.

How do you feel about this furniture footwear invasion? Love it or leave it?

Much more information on the new Corallo Flat (including where to buy it in a myriad of colors) at Core77. MoMA is also working with the Campanas — check it out here.

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