Artist’s Palate: Christian Louboutin’s salmorejo

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‘Goa’ spoon in red matt gold, part of 24-piece set, from £391, by Cutipol. ‘Teema’ bowl, £14, by Kaf Franck, for Iittala, from Skandium. Stilettos, £525, by Christian Louboutin. Background in Louboutin’s signature Pantone red.Interiors: Olly Mason. Food: Iain Graham
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Few designers have been as bonded to a specific colour as Christian Louboutin. His soaring stilettos are distinguished by their vivid red undersides, a feature created in 1993 using an assistant’s nail polish and ubiquitous ever since. As his empire grew, so the same shade of red (a precise Pantone) made its way on to men’s shoes, baby shoes, fragrance packaging and, naturally, became a nail polish. A quarter of a century on, Louboutin’s claim to the colour has even been affirmed by the EU’s highest court, which ruled that the brand had exclusive rights to using it on the sole of any shoe, regardless of shape. Not surprisingly, the footwear maven’s favourite dish, salmorejo, takes on a similar hue. He calls this chilled concoction of tomatoes and bread ‘the image of sunrise; of hot and long days’.

200g baguette, torn into chunks
12 tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 red peppers, deseeded and finely chopped
20ml sherry vinegar
160ml extra virgin olive oil
jamon serrano and hard-boiled eggs, to serve

Place the baguette chunks in a bowl and cover with boiling water and clingfilm. In a different bowl, do the same with the tomatoes, garlic and peppers. Leave both bowls to stand for an hour.

After an hour, squeeze out the bread and pour away the soaking liquid. Drain the tomato mixture, reserving some of the soaking water. In a blender, whizz together the bread, tomato mixture, vinegar and olive oil until super smooth. Add a little of the reserved soaking water if necessary.

Season with salt and serve with a drizzle of olive oil, some diced jamon serrano and and crumbled hard-boiled eggs.

As originally featured in the September 2018 issue of Wallpaper* (W*234)

Vivid red undersides

(Image credit: Baker & Evans.)


For more information, visit the Christian Louboutin website

TF Chan is a former editor of Wallpaper* (2020-23), where he was responsible for the monthly print magazine, planning, commissioning, editing and writing long-lead content across all pillars. He also played a leading role in multi-channel editorial franchises, such as Wallpaper’s annual Design Awards, Guest Editor takeovers and Next Generation series. He aims to create world-class, visually-driven content while championing diversity, international representation and social impact. TF joined Wallpaper* as an intern in January 2013, and served as its commissioning editor from 2017-20, winning a 30 under 30 New Talent Award from the Professional Publishers’ Association. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he holds an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University.