For ages bones have been symbols of death, decay, even horror. But that seems to have changed completely since bones and skulls found their way out.
Contemporary artists like Damien Hirst and Alexander McQueen made skulls into real pieces of art and fashion statements. Rodarte Dsquared2 owners Dan and Dean Caten created as part of their fall 2010 footwear, a shoe with a heel in the shape of a spinal column. American luxury brand Rodarte presented their skeletal cutout collection for Target in 2009.
Bones seem to have be en vogue for quite some time, and show no signs of going out of fashion yet. One of our favourite ‘bone’ objects is, without any doubt, this bone armchair by Dutch designer Joris Laarman.
We should also mention the wonderful work of Polish artist Nika Danielska. Her exoskeleton designs have been made by her own hands, using ‘simple’ materials like wire, paper and glue. Nevertheless her designs show a complex refinement, which has been rendered beautifully in Kate Strucka’s photographs.
Also entirely made by hand are this slip-on shoe with bone-like heel* by our own Designmakers Kei Kagami and ‘Hapexa’* by René van den Berg. Kei’s shoe has been inspired by the form of a cat’s leg, but don’t worry; it’s entirely made of resin.
Photo 1: 20x magnification of a healthy human bone, photographer unknown. Courtesy of Arjan Klem.
Photo 2: Bone shoe by Kei Kagami, Fall/Winter 2007/08.
Photo 3: Bone armchair by Joris Laarman, photo by Jacob Krupnick.
Photo 4: Nika Danielska, photo by Kate Strucka.
Photo 5: Hapexa by René van den Berg, 1993.