Home Goods | May 19, 2016 2:30 pm

Nike and Milan Design Week Collaboration

Nike collaborated with ten designers, commissioned to create pieces inspired by motion, for last month’s Milan Design Week. Designers like Max Lamb and Lindsey Adelman created floating and quivering works framed by walls of intricately stacked shoeboxes. To learn more about the exhibition, watch the video and check out the images below.

(Courtesy of Nike) Bertjan Pot’s series of resting pods takes the wheel, a symbol of momentum and movement, as a structural starting point. By upholstering the inner tubes of a car, wheelbarrow, truck and tractor with ropes, Nike laces and belts, he initiates an unexpected but effective meeting of artisanal hand-weaving techniques and high-performance materials. (Courtesy of Nike) Max Lamb’s surreal installation showcases heavy aluminum, granite, and polystyrene blocks effortlessly levitating above an invisible film of compressed air, which enables them to move with the lightest touch and, in turn, challenge perceptions of weight and effort. (Courtesy of Nike) (Courtesy of Nike) Enrica Cavarzan and Marco Zavagno’s oversized floor lamps — referencing the organic —feature diffusers made with Nike Flyknit, forming an installation inspired by the beauty of an athlete in action. Reflection, light and shadow are employed to enhance human movement within the space. (Courtesy of Nike) Clara von Zweigbergk and Shane Shneck’s collection of seating studies the interplay of balance and posture, specifically how the human body interacts with static objects. Each stool requires its sitter’s cognitive engagement to balance. A range of heights and postures amongst the stools accounts for a variety of social scenarios, providing an active alternative to normal sedentary seating. The combination of materials is similar to that of shoes: A cork base acts as the “sole,” providing grip and weight, while a medium-density polyurethane top provides a softer area for the seat. (Courtesy of Nike) Architect Greg Lynn’s intelligent microclimate chair, constructed of a combination of rigid and flexible carbon fiber, uses integrated sensors to calculate the body temperature of the sitter then adjusts its integrated Peltier cooling modules and aluminum heat sinks accordingly. The surface is designed for maximum surface contact with the sitter, with a goal of selectively cooling and heating an athlete between periods of physical activity. (Courtesy of Nike) Futuristic shoe designs on display at the exhibition. (Courtesy of Nike)