Top quality materials, unique style and old-fashioned production methods makes the building blocks of SPALWART, a Stockholm-based fashion company started in 2010 by Christopher Brattin and Fredrik Johansson. Two individuals with over 20 years of experience in the shoe design industry.
It was on a business trip to an old shoe factory in Slovakia where Christoffer Brattin found several old shoe molds from the 50’s. Brattin started experimenting with the molds and machines, creating shoes in the process and brought home a few pairs to his colleague, which jolted their interest in the potential of starting a footwear company.
Unveiled in 2016, Ku.Be House of Culture in Movement has been giving the people of Frederiksberg, Denmark a public building with a difference. A space that fuses theatre, sport and education in a way that not only encourages a holistic approach to wellbeing, but brings together people regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or outlook, we spoke with lead architect Jacob van Rijs of MVRDV to find out more about the project.
What was the inspiration behind Ku.Be?
The body and the mind, and how these are interconnected, was a key source of inspiration for Ku.Be. It’s a space that promotes health and wellbeing, connecting groups that might not necessarily socialise with each other. Climbing walls, enclosed and in-between spaces all provide a maze-like experience for movement.