Award-winning Icelandic designer Sruli Recht who has made a career of blurring the lines between fine art, runway fashion, and industrial design, has came up with the idea to design futuristic footwear.
“The DAMAGE capsule collection of post-prosthetics speculates footwear for an oncoming world, employing passive, bio, non-electric technology.”
The first shoe, is called “The Phase Change” and is designed with a built-in cooling vascular system that cools down the body without energy.
“It occurred to those in the hills of San Francisco that the women were colder, the men were warmer and significant energy was being spent on balancing unbalanced internal environments for the permanent worker or home dweller.”
The second shoe is the “Unbalanced” –created with the purpose to combat terminal balance problems that come with age.
“Throughout human history, as the older generations aged, they lost mobility through a sensitivity drop in their hands and feet. Now was no different, we could engineer ourselves to look good and feel good, but, short of a total vascular overhaul, we would still be losing our balance.”
The third shoe, called “The Venice Heel” consists of an elevated sneaker meant to keep the foot high enough to walk through swelling floods and deep water.
“Prosthetics for the water. The Hi-Tide and Lo-Tide prosthetics, Venice Heel slang, were a simple solution to an unsolvable problem. Part keel, part stilt, we wade directionless through the flowing swollen global waters.”
The three different designs were brought to life through a combination of 3D printing and painstakingly finished by hand. This project is developed in partnership with INDUSTRY, a minority-led creative consultancy based in Portland, Oregon.
Recht was born in Jerusalem, Israel and studied Fashion Design at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. His personal and professional journey has taken him from Melbourne, to London -where he worked with British designer Alexander McQueen- to Reykjavík, and now Amsterdam.
Two decades of professional output have honed his contrarian approach to design. Now his new project is a first of its kind, made to inspire a generation of sustainable art/technology.