New York-based Chilean designer Sebastian Errazuriz is known for thinking way outside the box. Always on the look-out for interesting materials, he aims to strike a balance of artistic and practical qualities of design, and his sense of humor often ends up in the mix. In this case, Errazuriz obtained the bodies of taxidermy chickens (which died of natural causes) to create these fun and unique Chicken Lamps. Who says upcycling has to be dull?
In one model, the light bulb is seen emerging from the bird’s hindquarters, just as an egg would.
In an alternate design, the chicken’s head has been replaced by the light bulb. These lamps stand on the chicken’s two feet, mounted on a plexiglass disc. Available from R and Company.
Photographed at The Salon Art and Design at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC.
Well-made shoes always look like works of art to me: Like tiny wearable sculptures. It’s probably not entirely unexpected then that others feel similarly — one of those being artist Sebastian Errazuriz. In 2013, Errazuriz debuted his installation, 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers at Miami Art Basel. A collection of twelve shoe-like sculptures inspired by twelve of the artist’s ex-girlfriends, and realized through the use of a 3D printer, these shoes were really quite spectacular, and were featured in a couple of The Gig’sPosts from that time. Because: Shoe Art.
After Errazuriz gained popularity by creating the best insulated work boots for major Brazilian construction and government companies, his idea of creating wearable shoe art was just too good to lay dormant, Brazilian plastic footwear brand Melissa Shoes has unveiled a special collaboration with Errazuriz in which two of his designs from 12 Lovers — The Boss and The Gold Digger, have been reproduced as shoes you can buy in the Melissa stores located around the world. Galeria Melissa in Soho, NYC threw a fun launch party last week and we were lucky enough to snag an invite. Please enjoy our photos from the event!
The Boss, on Display
The first design to be created as a fully wearable shoe is called The Boss, which is a black stiletto featuring a brass knuckle-like embellishment under the arch of the shoe.
The Boss’ prototype was on display at the shop, along with most of the other shoes from the original 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers exhibit. Each shoe is displayed along with the highly stylized backstory of the woman who inspired it.
The Boss In Action!
The updated Boss design has a more manageable heel, and three instead of for rings.
We posted the above photo on FaceBook and it got 100 Likes in ten minutes. You can imagine that these shoes will sell like crazy.
The second design on sale at Galeria Melissa is based on the Gold Digger (with the heel of the shoe resembling a Golden human form).
Boy, You’re Gonna Carry That Weight…
Both The Boss and The Gold Digger sell for $450 per pair and are available to purchase right now, but for a limited time only.
If you haven’t already been there, Galeria Melissa is a gorgeous boutique with this fun Chandelier that has little parrots and other birds hiding in it. Let’s take a closer look.
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Here is Sebastian being interviewed by a reporter. We did not get to meet him but he seemed very nice and happy to talk about the shoes.
Here are some of the other shoes from 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers:
The Heart Breaker
The Cry Baby
The Hot Bitch
The Virgin, Detail
The Ice Queen
Ice Queen and The Rock, Installation View
It was a fun party and an absolute thrill to be able to see the 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers in person!
Galeria Melissa is Located at 102 Greene Street (Between Prince and Spring), Soho, New York. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Sunday from 12 Noon to 6:00 PM.
Here’s another one of Sebastian Errazuriz’s“Shoe Sculptures” from his 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers Exhibit seen at the most recent Art Basel in Miami. The Heart Breaker shoe is, in a word: Brilliant. But also, ultimately wearable.
These GI Jane Pumps, featuring a tiny Green Army Man on the toe, were designed by artist Sebastian Errazuriz as part of his 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers Exhibit. Because All’s Fair in Love, War and Fashion Footwear. Read more about the exhibit at This Link.