Great video that provides a look at the complexity of manufacturing and using instant film cameras. While I agree that there is something compelling about analogue processes and products such as these I should also acknowledge that I will not be rushing out to buy a Polaroid camera anytime soon.
Flint Design Studio in SLC, Utah recently experimented with an internal project combining materials and manufacturing processes that do not mix. They decided to combine maple and injection molding.
Maple is a hardwood often crafted and shaped to reveal its natural grain, warm character and beauty. It cannot be molded or melted down, forced through an extrusion or cast. It must be cut, carved, machined or sanded.
Grain is made of maple hardwood and has been CNC milled to create its form. It has been designed to mimic the manufactured aesthetic of an injection molded part. The combining of these disparate elements offers an intriguing juxtaposition of material and process, natural and synthetic, expected and unexpected.
I have mixed opinions about this shoe concept. On the one hand, I really admire the manufacturing innovation demonstrated in rethinking how we produce shoes. On the other hand, I wonder if mass producing disposable shoes is ecologically responsible. Already our landfills are overflowing with expensive shoes so how much more could this problem be compounded by introducing cheap and easily manufactured shoes into the mix? On top of everything else I just don't think they're all that sexy (although I recognize that that most likely wasn't the point when they started the project).