Kim Emanuel is more than just a manufacture of soap, he has a passion and with that passion comes a love for all he makes.
Tired of working in silicon valley, Kim decided to make skin care products as his wife was no longer able to use the chemical selection that was available in all of his local shops. He began to experiment with sophisticated equipment that was able to analyse the structure of various oils. Whale blubber, one of the best oils for our skin has now been replaced with 100% natural and organic alternatives and now forms the base of his products.
He is a man who goes far beyond what most people think is necessary to produce a product. His emotional connection to his products is something we should all aspire to. Creating natural, sustainable soaps and creams with a deep respect and understanding into what he is doing and why he is doing it. Then of course, come the love.
Geology of Shoes film is a result of collaboration between film director Petr Krejci and footwear designer Barbora Vesela.
The design concept draws inspiration from geological processes such as sediment layers and effects of their erosion in nature.
Barbora experimented with creative possibilities of discarded unwanted leather scraps and noted the potential of this overlooked resource. Her investigation resulted in creating new innovative process whilst holding on to traditional craft and celebrating some of the oldest techniques in shoemaking.
Multiple layers of leather scrap pieces are added on to a last and subsequently sanded down to allow unique colour and textural pattern to emerge with striking effect.
Colour scheme is borrowed from old geological maps where different colour represent different geological strata.
Geology of Shoes film has been loved and shared by astonishing number of people and media channels globally since it’s publication in 2013.
Geoffrey Franklin runs Walnut Studiolo, where he makes wood and leather bicycle accessories by hand. He shares his thoughts on the design process and explains what it really means for something to be "handmade".