the rise of sneaker culture by karim rashid
the rise of sneaker culture by karim rashid the rise of sneaker culture by karim rashid
jul 12, 2013

the rise of sneaker culture by karim rashid

the rise of sneaker culture by karim rashid
all images courtesy of eventscape





karim rashid has designed ‘out of the box: the rise of sneaker culture’, exhibited at the bata shoe museum in toronto – home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of shoes and footwear-related artifacts. the gallery documents the history of the sneaker from the late 1800’s to today. fabrication and installation specialists eventscape were engaged with the project’s realization, the main challenge was to engineer a system that would meet all the rigorous museum-grade structural requirements of security, accessibility and durability, without sacrificing the clean, flowing aesthetic of the design. to showcase the prized possessions, there are 32 translucent pedestals, a 40 foot long display case, an acrylic entrance screen, five integrated inset wall displays, and seamless printed graphics throughout. the lower portion of each stand has been constructed out of heat-formed, impact-resistant PET-G co-polyester sheets. with no visible internal structure – they still provide the high level of protection required for the limited edition objects. a printed motif was carefully applied to the interior of each base to create a custom gradient fade pattern from white to transparent, giving the illusion that the shoes hover effortlessly within the light, airy tubes. the innovation and design-area highlights four, top nike designers with large scale print graphics of their original concept sketches. the wall’s system lets it elegantly span over 40′ with minimal vertical supports. facing this are pre-fabricated, millwork assemblies with integrated translucent display shelves and fibre optic lighting. the fabrication of each component was completed in-house, and assembled on-site in order to accommodate the limited 10 day installation time. the exhibition opened in mid-april for a year long display of these rare, iconic and limited edition pieces.



the rise of sneaker culture by karim rashid
the display features over 120 limited edition, rare and iconic sneakers from the 1880’s to today



the rise of sneaker culture by karim rashid
the innovation and design area display case highlights the designs of four top nike sneaker designers



the rise of sneaker culture by karim rashid
the facing walls are integrated with translucent display shelves and fibre optic lighting



the rise of sneaker culture by karim rashid
all displays meet the the rigorous museum grade structural requirements of security, accessibility and durability



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  • where exactly is this exhibit located?

    sequoya says:
  • It is located at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Elaine says:

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