Digital modeling and 3D printing have enabled today's designers to create novel objects of previously near-impossible form. Elaborate shapes have become a hallmark of the medium but thankfully form-giving as a practice has pulled back from a complete embrace of the aesthetic and now finds success with a restrained mix of those digital flourishes with classic surfaces. Japanese brand MAGARIMONO manages this trick in their new line of shoes. What makes it an interesting launch is that they've taken some of the creative strangeness cut from the formal resolution, and found a place for it elsewhere in their overall creative package. It counteracts the seriousness and sterility that can build up in tight digitally-enabled product development loops.
The pairing of each model with a different catastrophic DIY-foam-gap-filling outcome is magic.
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This footwear will be made to order, taking about 2 - 4 weeks for production and delivery. The collection drops June 19 online and in Tokyo. The four models, are available in sizes 22-28 cm at a price of $1,100 each.