joris de groot is a designer searching for the connection between craftsmanship and industry in his work. interested in collaborating with the industry, the designer creates his own workplace within the factory grounds. once familiar with the process of the existing techniques, he experiments with the available machinery and materials for new innovative uses. for the manufacturer low & bonar’s in4nite II project, studio joris de groot has carefully examined the various techniques that are applied in the manufacturing of car interiors, and translated them into a collection of shoes.

joris de groot applies techniques and materials of car interiors to shoes designboom
by molding the tufted material, the underlying colback material becomes visible in the design
all photos by studio collector unless stated otherwise

 

 

one of the current uses for low & bonar’s material colback® is its implementation in the automotive industry, where it is incorporated in the upholstery of car interiors. having researched the materials that comprise car upholstery, de groot shifted his focus towards the molding of the material.


sneaker detail

 

 

in the research and development center of low & bonar, the quality of the material is tested in order to minimize irregularities within the interior. a linear pattern is applied in this molding process to monitor the ways in which the material behaves when it is formed. de groot appropriated the technology in a new way by converting it to form shoes. during this process, he explored the tufted colback® material by playing with the linear patterns; the details and inconsistencies that emerged, constituted the aesthetic character of his collection. 


the soles are made from lightweight EVA foam

 

joris de groot applies techniques and materials of car interiors to shoes designboom
a linear pattern is used in the molding process of car upholstery to monitor the way the material behaves when it is formed

 


to attach the upper part to the sole and round off the edges of the design, the festoon technique has been used

 


loafer model where the carpet is reversed so that the inside of the shoe has the soft surface of the it

 


the sandal sneaker

 

joris de groot applies techniques and materials of car interiors to shoes designboom
a sneaker with reinforced laminated parts — the soft side of the carpet is folded outwards in the shoe, which makes both sides of the carpet visible

 


2000N is the force with which the mold is pressed into the carpet, to form the shoe

 


the outside of the shoe is the back of the car carpet — the inside has the soft surface of the carpet

 

joris de groot applies techniques and materials of car interiors to shoes designboom
experiment 8.5, moulded carpet

 

 

joris de groot describes his idea


the carpet is molded in the same way that car upholstery gets shaped
photo by kris van gendt

 

project info:

 

designer: joris de groot

collaboration: low & bonar

material: colback®

photography: studio collector, kris van gendt

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news