This Sneaker Is an Homage to an Eames Chair

This sleek-looking Nike trainer isn't real (yet), but it ought be. Because while it looks like a piece of footwear from the future, it is in fact a homage to furniture from the past.

The brainchild of French designer Ora-Ïto, the shoe pays tribute to Modernist furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames—and in particular their Lounge Chair. See?


So, the trainer features curved ply and black uppers and generally just looks... a lot like the chair. Ïto explained to Dezeen:

"Their work is still very modern. I was at [Milan's] Salone Internazionale del Mobile [in April] because I present furniture there every year, and it was the year of Charles and Ray Eames – they were everywhere."

He also explains that what we're looking at is a quick rendering, adding that "if Nike wanted to do it, I would go deeper into the study." I'm sure he would. And we'd love to see it, too. [Dezeen]

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