Brazilian luxury shoe brand Alexandre Birman, founded in 2010 by designer Alexandre Birman, has found its way into the world of interior design by releasing a capsule collection of shoes inspired by the work of Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi.
For SS24, the fashion brand collaborated with Casa de Vidro and Instituto Bardi, the foundation dedicated to Lina Bo Bardi, to release a collection of architectural heels.
The capsule features rocker mules, where the soft suede straps and insoles mirror the luxurious suede seat of the architect's rocking chair, while the brass zig-zag heel mimics the geometry of the chair (without the actual rocking). In another model, the Bola sandal, the brass ball arms of the Bola chair extend to the heel, and the sole of the shoe uses a leather corset from the back of the chair.
Finally, the Trolley sandal follows the modern lines of Bardi's tea cart (1948), with leather straps and a beveled wooden heel. The heels are handcrafted according to the specific lines of the cart. The shoe also features a wood-look leather insole, with thin strips of leather pressed together and hand-etched to recreate the natural texture.
This project became its own architectural achievement for the fashion brand's design team. “It looks so simple, but it’s all about the angles and how they change,” said Alexandre Birman creative director Guilherme Kfoury, noting that the design team took nearly six months to perfect the heels. They had to fit and be comfortable, but at the same time maintain the proportions and shapes of Lina Bo Bardi's work.
The three-shoe collection will be released in three colorways and will be limited to 50 pieces per color. A pair of shoes will start at $1290. The shoes feature a special logo that includes Casa de Vidro and Instituto Bardi.