OBJECTS OF DESIRE: THE STATEMENT HEEL
Whether you’re currently cramming away at your work desk, pleasantly sipping your morning coffee at your dining table, or nestled up warm inside your local café, let’s take a moment to look at the chair you’re resting on.
How many legs does it have?
1, if you’re feeling courageous?
How ever many, we know that the legs of a chair are vital to the formation and overall construction of the object. If those legs fail, we know that we’re going down. Brace yourselves for impact ladies.
These ubiquitous objects not only ground people to their environments, but are also among the first and most enduring reflections of material advancements and aesthetic trends. It is no wonder the heel has followed suit.
Making up the formation of the shoe, the heel is the grounding point. If that heel snaps, chips, bends, or pivots – we know that we’re going down. Bottoms up, in 2 seconds flat. Yet, we haven’t settled for ‘plain and simple', we’ve followed suit to the chair and created our own aesthetic treasures by way of the statement heel.
Although there’s power in the classic stiletto, that hasn’t stopped us from pushing the boundaries ever so slightly. People walk differently in high heels; our bodies sway to a different kind of tempo. Add on a unique heel, and boom, you’re unstoppable. Anything that entices a second look is deemed worthy in our books. It walks past us, we glance, but upon further observation, we discover it’s much, much more. That’s the effect of the statement heel.
Innovative and idealistic, yet staunchly practical. The chair leg; the statement heel.
Top Dora Teymur ‘Elephent Heel’ (available at East 43) / Bottom 1950 drawing of the Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner
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