Christian Louboutin, shoe designer of the stars, celebrates his company’s 20th anniversary with the start of a capsule collection at the close of the month. Before you take a look at the shoe-inspired spaces below, here are a few -related tidbits about the craftsman behind the towering, red-soled stilettos: his father was a cabinet maker. And his partner? A landscape artist. I am not much of a stiletto fanatic, but I am motivated by beautiful things, and also the Louboutin has got me thinking: What if the shoe had been a room, a part of the home or a piece of furniture? What could it look like?
Only for fun, I used a couple of pairs from the collection to learn.
Louboutin’s capsule collection is an homage to his love of cabaret and showgirls, and also the Pensee, in this lovely mimosa colour, calls to mind the iconic black, crimson, and yellow French cabaret show poster for Le Chat Noir.
The Pensee’s practicality and whimsy translates itself in this slick kitchen. Past the color match, the kitchen — no matter how modular and modern — is a traditional area where families gather to share meals and stories from the day. The Pensee is also traditional — it is a pump, but it is a Mary Jane pump, after all.
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The art world is pretty divided on whether graffiti ought to be classified as art. Here, Louboutin makes a fierce statement and simplifies road tagging with the Daf Booty Tag.
Erika Bierman Photography
Bold and urbane, the booty is echoed at the edgy style of this sitting area. Remove the graffiti and what is left is a pulled-together ankle boot and an equally dispersed salon.
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The Pigalove is the matronly and elaborate aunt of the Pigalle, a highly-coveted, no-nonsense pump that comes in the exact same nude hue since these apartments.
Elegant and traditional in form? Or an art piece? I am a bit torn with all the Pigalove, but what saves it’s the red laquer sole peeping out from underneath and the draped ornamental toe-piece, much like the way the laquer red divider adds gravitas and flair into this second-floor landing.
The Bow Wow is a flirtatious shoe, reminiscent of the bows and petticoats of cabaret dancers.
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The pair’s red and see-through components cloned (or should I say bark?) Come hither, adding mystery to any encounter like this entryway door.
Perhaps the Lady Gres is Louboutin’s nod into an icon of French fashion, Madame Gres, that draped the silhouettes of Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.
This fun and feminine guest bedroom could certainly house a starlet — or a guest that will enjoy the vivid beach tones of aqua and coral in this area.
Louboutin utilized the platform pumps as the canvas at the Bois Dore. Doesn’t the heels layout resemble the Art Deco-inspired backgrounds from Chevron Texture and the hand-painted metallic finish of Luna by Studio E?
In both shoe and space, black is the supporting character to the stunning star: gold. The gilt wingback chair looks almost three-dimensional in this entryway setup.
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If this pair were a house, it would not be a bungalow or cabin home. Definitely a high tech pair, the Alta Dentelle combines the softness of lace with the sex appeal of an open-toed stiletto.
The overall effect of the shoe and stairs is layered. Striking, lovely, and intricate — perhaps in this situation, the Art Nouveau staircase may have inspired the lace boot?
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