Christian Louboutin, shoe designer of the stars, celebrates his company's 20th anniversary with the launch of a capsule collection at the end of the month. Before you take a look at the shoe-inspired spaces below, here are a few Houzz-related tidbits about the craftsman behind the towering, red-soled stilettos: his father was a cabinet maker. And his partner? A landscape artist. I'm not much of a stiletto fanatic, but I'm inspired by beautiful things, and the Louboutin has got me thinking: What if the shoe were a room, a part of the house or a piece of furniture? What would it look like?
Just for fun, I used a few pairs from the collection to find out.
Louboutin's capsule collection is an homage to his love of cabaret and showgirls, and the Pensee, in this lovely mimosa hue, calls to mind the iconic black, red, and yellow French cabaret show poster for Le Chat Noir.
The Pensee's practicality and whimsy translates itself in this sleek kitchen. Beyond the color match, the kitchen -- no matter how modern and modular -- is a traditional space where families gather to share meals and stories from the day. The Pensee is also traditional -- it's a pump, but it's a Mary Jane pump, after all.
The art world is pretty divided on whether graffiti should be classified as art. Here, Louboutin makes a fierce statement and elevates street tagging with the Daf Booty Tag.
Bold and urbane, the booty is echoed in the edgy style of this sitting room. Remove the graffiti and what's left is a pulled-together ankle boot and an equally synchronized salon.
The Pigalove is the matronly and ornate aunt of the Pigalle, a highly-coveted, no-nonsense pump that comes in the same nude hue as these flats.
Elegant and conventional in form? Or more of an art piece? I'm a bit torn with the Pigalove, but what saves it is the red laquer sole peeping out from underneath and the draped ornamental toe-piece, much like how the laquer red divider adds gravitas and flair to this second-floor landing.
The Bow Wow is a flirtatious shoe, reminiscent of the bows and petticoats of cabaret dancers.
The pair's red and see-through parts whisper (or should I say bark?) come hither, adding mystery to any encounter like this entryway door.
Perhaps the Lady Gres is Louboutin's nod to an icon of French fashion, Madame Gres, who draped the silhouettes of Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.
This fun and feminine guest bedroom could certainly house a starlet -- or a guest who can appreciate the bright beach tones of aqua and coral in this room.
Louboutin used the platform pump heel as the canvas in the Bois Dore. Doesn't the heel design resemble the Art Deco-inspired wallpapers from Chevron Texture and the hand-painted metallic finish of Luna by Studio E?
In both space and shoe, black is the supporting character to the dramatic star: gold. The gilt wingback chair looks almost three-dimensional in this entryway setup.
If this pair were a home, it would not be a bungalow or cottage house. Definitely a high-rise pair, the Alta Dentelle combines the softness of lace with the sex appeal of an open-toed stiletto.
The overall effect of both shoe and staircase is layered. Striking, beautiful, and intricate -- perhaps in this case, the Art Nouveau staircase may have inspired the towering lace boot?
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Cathy Lara is a staff writer for Houzz.com.