“It is intended to deceive the eye”
The designer of the announced new superstar Adidas Originals LEGO 10282 explains how the organic shape of the sneaker is intended to “fool the eye”.
Officially revealed today, the first brick-built result of the partnership between the LEGO Group and Adidas (following previous clothing collaborations) takes the iconic Adidas Superstar and turns it into a solid plastic display piece. You can learn more about the 731-piece model by clicking here.
At the end of last month, Brick fanatics I had the opportunity to meet the designer of the 18+ set, Florian Müller, who told us about experimenting with several different approaches to the shoe’s organic shape, recreating the beloved Adidas Superstar design all over. by retaining that crucial LEGO DNA.
“Capturing something that is organic with rectangular bricks is somewhat limiting, so you always have to find compromises or tricks to trick the eye,” he explains. “We had a lot of iterations, on 10 different prototypes, where we really tried different ways of approaching it. One was totally clean, with no nails exposed in a classic, [fan build] expression, but we also had one that was really stacked and very pixelated as we would see in LEGOLAND.
“We landed on something in between, and I think the central decision about that was that from a distance it really fools the eye, so you say, ‘Okay, that’s a sneaker.’ But as you get closer, you’ll see all these little nails exposed. There is always a compromise in some form, so this is not a one-on-one recreation; it is the capture of the icon in that sense.
Achieving that shape – and balancing the studded and studless aesthetic – wasn’t the only challenge in bringing 10282 Adidas Originals Superstar to life, however. While the shoe appears to be a very dry, still display piece, it actually offers functionality that mimics a real sneaker (until you can wear it, of course).
“The icing on the cake was to make it functional,” says Florian. “The easiest way would be to just mount the flaps on the left and right, but they should work and you should have a very clean interior. So when you build a sole you should really see a flat sole with few obstacles in the air.
“Then when you put the flaps on, it should really work at least in a little bit of articulation, so that the tab could easily go in and then you could close it again. We could have gone for a totally static expression as well, but I think that makes it a lot more fun while you are building it.
To learn more about the 10282 Adidas Originals Superstar, check out our in-depth review, browse the full gallery of official images, and take a peek at its brilliantly crafted packaging.
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