The best way to sum up Oscar Niemeyer‘s career over the last eight decades would be as the “Master Builder of Modern Brazil”. A bastion of the Modernist movement during the last century, Niemeyer pursued an abstract utopia of symmetrical forms. However, one particular attribute set him apart from his counterparts was that design need not be define only by utilitarian needs, but aesthetics as well. Thus, his exploration into the full potential of reinforced concrete and the “curved” structures he is now known for. Even at a grand age of 104, Niemeyer continues to work on a wide range of building projects, along with overseeing his namesake foundation.
In honoring Niemeyer’s countless contributions to architecture, design, arts and the creative process, CONVERSE will be introducing the CONVERSE x Oscar Niemeyer Collection. Five silhouettes in all, each an interpretation of Niemeyer’s vision, from the Chuck Taylor All Star Hi, which employs a poem, written by Niemeyer himself, as its upper and a distinctive red accents, a reference to his Ibirapuera Auditorium in São Paulo. The element of red is also on Chuck Taylor All Star Ox and other designs, a symbolic nod to Niemeyer’s political lean. In addition to the Chuck Taylor All Star, the collection includes Chuck Taylor All Star Chukka Boot in natural suede, Converse Skid Grip Oxford slip-on, and Jack Purcell. The collection will be available starting tomorrow, October 23rd, at select retailers as a Brazil exclusive. VIA FRESHNESSMAG