Saturday, November 12, 2011

Michel Tcherevkoff: Design by Nature


From the simple flower disassemblies of Fong Qi Wei to the more elaborate constructions of Klaus Enrique Gerdes and Carl Warner, the number of permutations one can do with simple ingredients such as flowers, fruits and vegetables is mind-boggling. These creations, however, take the cake. From a simple creation based on a single leaf, photographer Michel Tcherevkoff has truly elevated design inspired by nature in his Shoe Fleur.


Michael Tcherevkoff is an advertising photographer and has worked for such companies as Estée Lauder and L'Oréal. While he's been active in the advertising industry since the 1970s, it's only been a few years that he gained fame for his mind-blowing creations he named "Shoe-Fleur".

These inventions stem from his passion for the new and exciting. According Tcherevkoff, “Taking pictures of something that just exists was never interesting to me. I’ve always gravitated to photography that’s more illustrative in nature, where I can create my own reality - with a twist.”

Tcherevkoff mentions that he was inspired by an upside down leaf which looked like a shoe. From there, he slowly developed his Shoe Fleur designs, the first one just a leaf arranged to look like a shoe, but the succeeding creations being more daring and beautiful.

Since 2007, his portfolio of flowery inventions has extended to bags in addition to the shoes. In addition to his Shoe Fleur, he's also experimented with creating insects, animals and other creatures in his Metafleur, butterflies in his Butter Fleur, hats and millinery in his Chapeau de Fleur and even some sexy lingerie in his Passion Flower (all of which can be found on his website).



For his Shoe-Fleur, Tcherevkoff starts by collecting different kinds of flowers and leaves to take back to his studio, he then studies and listens to them as the kind of shoe that they might become depends on what they are. Depending on the kind of plant, one might become a platform shoe while another might transform into a more formal stiletto heel shoe.

Based on these images alone, it's safe to say that Tcherevkoff listens well to these flowers.

For more of these amazing designs by nature, check out Michel Tcherevkoff's website here. For his photography portfolio, check this website. For prints of his works, you can purchase them here. You can also purchase his books and calendars: Shoe Fleur: A Footwear Fantasy, Petals, Purses, and Pumps 2012 Engagement (calendar), and Shoe Fleur: Notecard Boxes.

27 comments:

D4 said...

Wasn't expecting that. That's awesome, I had to stare at a few to see the whole flour/leaf part.

Shutterbug said...

Gorgeous masterpieces! :D

R said...

Wow, great!

Fang said...

I'd so wear that if I were able to walk on high heels.

Give Everything said...

wow these are great!

Interwebs Fails said...

These are amazing!

poopstm said...

realy beautiful, it's a great type of art :)

lowfrequencies said...

these are nice!

MRanthrope said...

I've never done drugs before, but looking at these pics makes me feel like I'm uber high.

DWei said...

At first I couldn't tell what each of these were supposed to be and then it hit me.

The purse is my favorite I think.

Bart said...

lol are they all the same shoe just made of diff flowers

My 2 Pesos said...

Great images.

TheDollsFactory.com said...

wow these images are great
Have a nice week
The Dolls Factory

Bill Righteous said...

Wow, very amazing and unique painting. !!

Dale said...

Wow this is so cool, love the different heels and the handbags. It's so unique how the different flower types can create so many heels

nice post, relaxing to look at :)
-Dale

Adam said...

nice post

G said...

wow great work

R.gers said...

Very beautiful, at first I thought they were paintings.

ed said...

i would totally wear those flower high heels

2Peeeps Health and Fitness said...

beautiful

Laughing Vault said...

beautiful photos. you blog is awesome :)

anonblog said...

nice blog, supported (:

anonblog said...

great photos, supported!

Lavie said...

I love the bird of paradise design! I wish these were actually wearable, I want them all. *u*

Major.Mack said...

nice work

A Heel in Mint said...

Very Creative! :)

1ockedand1oaded said...

Nice Shoes. Nice Plants. Nice Art.
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