Zaha Hadid and United Nude Unveil the nOVa Shoe

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Zaha Hadid is no stranger to the marriage of architecture and . She’s designed runways for Chanelshoes for Lacoste, and was even named Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine in 2012. On her quest to feed a constant desire for experimentation and innovation, she has turned to the world of smaller-scale objects in order to work out new fabrication techniques and possibly even redefine formal relationships. Her latest foray into fashion—designing shoes in collaboration with Rem D. Koolhaas’s brand — brings her architectural style to the feet of ladies willing to shell out $2000 USD for a pair of daring, cantilevered heels.

Shanghai United Nude / Rem D. Koolhaas


Back in 2003, young Dutch architect Rem D. Koolhaas (nephew of “the” Rem Koolhaas) teamed with seventh generation shoemaker Galahad Clark to launch United Nude, a stylish shoe brand rooted in conceptual design, elegance and innovation.  Since then, the brand has been quite successful, selling in over 35 countries, and recently, Koolhaas opened a flagship store in .  Similar to New York’s Fifth Avenue, or Paris’ Champs-Élysées, the store is situated in ’s prestigious retail strip and the flashy design draws all the attention to the shoes.

More about the store design after the break.