When Astragal hosted a dinner party last weekend, he was amazed by the shoes sported by one of the guests. In theory quite high-heeled, they in fact had no heel at all and were supported on a metal cantilever coming back from the sole. This feat of engineering was, it turns out, from a company called United Nude. And Astragal was not surprised to discover the inventive hand of Rem Koolhaas was behind the gravity-defying design. He jointly owns the company, which is based in China, with ...
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