French designer Ora ïto has developed a conceptual trainer with curved veneer sections to reference the work of Modernist furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames.
Ora ïto pays tribute to the late American couple with the Nikeames shoe design, which could be produced by sports brand Nike.
The wooden sections designed to wrap around the shoe take influence from the moulded plywood shell of the Eames Lounge 670 armchair, designed for Herman Miller in 1956.
“The idea was to make a Nike Eames, like the Nike Air but playing with the Eames, translating the language and the forms and the aesthetic of the Eames armchair into a trainer.”
The shoe would be formed from two layers, with the dark wooden panels on the base, upper and heel curving around a black Goretex slipper. Rubber would form a thin sole on the bottom.
The colours would echo the original rosewood veneer and leather of the original chair, which is formed from three plywood shells and modelled on an English club chair.
Charles and Ray Eames – who died in 1978 and 1988 respectively – are best remembered for their Modernist furniture designs, which include the moulded plastic DSW dining chair and moulded plywood Lounge Chair Wood. Many of their designs have recently been put back into production in new variations.