Fast Co. Design have jokingly called these “the worst thing in the world.” Ora Ito, a French furniture designer, conceptualized this Nike-branded trainer as an “homage to Charles and Ray Eames,” specifically taking from their original Eames Lounge 750 armchair. The molded plywood shows up at the heel, upper and base, integrated with a black Gore-Tex slipper. Ito told Dezeen, “This could be a very nice limited-edition product, maybe in relation with the Eames Foundation doing a special pack. If Nike wanted to do it, I would go deeper into the study. This is a first thought, a quick project. It’s nice to provoke stuff with ideas that can provide a direction, even if the idea doesn’t come as a real product.” Interesting, indeed.
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