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Playground - Le design des sneakers

Exposition from June 20th, 2020 to January 10th, 2021

Languages French / English 

Published September 2020

Category Exhibition catalogue

Topics Design

Publication supervisor

Constance Rubini

Graphic design

Anna Toussaint

Sights of exhibitions and photography

Alastair Philip Wiper


The icons

Collector of sneaker stories and legends, Jason Coles is the author of Golden Kicks – The Shoes That Changed Sport and co-presenter of the popular podcast “Soleful Sneaker Stories”.

Exhibition views

Alastair Philip Wiper is a British photographer well known for his unique ability to portray subjects of industry, science and architecture. He works regularly for magazines such as Wired, Scientific American, Wallpaper, The Guardian and Vice.


Constance Rubini is curator of the exhibition Playground – The design of sneakers and director of the madd-bordeaux.

Sneakers at the edge

Etienne Tornier is assistant curator of the exhibition Playground – The design of sneakers and curator in charge of the 19th to 21st century collection at the madd-bordeaux.

American postmodern dance: pedestrian movement

A French journalist and critique, Marie-Christine Vernay is specialized in contemporary dance. She worked for several years for the newspaper Libération. She is the cofounder in 2015 of the online cultural review délibéré.

Conversation #1

Director of the documentaries “Just for kicks” and “Air Force 1: The Documentary”, Thibaut de Longeville also is the founder of 360 Creative, audiovisual production house and art direction agency based in Paris.

Conversation #2

Chris Severn, designer of Adidas Superstar (1969).

Conversation #3

Peter Moore has spent all his career collaborating with major sport brands. From 1975 to 1987, he worked for Nike, first as a consultant and then as creative director. For the swoosh brand, he designed what soon became iconic models like the Air Jordan 1 and also the famous Jumpman logo, which first appeared on the Air Jordan 3. He later joined Adidas where he notably contributed to the launch of the EQT line.

Benchmarks of contemporary fashion

Alexandre Samson is a fashion historian and curator of the haute-couture and contemporary creation department at the Palais Galliera, musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris.

In black and red

Graphic designer, typograph and teacher, Thomas Huot Marchand is heading the National workshop of typographic research at the ENSAD Nancy since 2012.

A short history of the skate shoe

Passionate about skateboard since 1989, Arnaud Dedieu presents the podcast Big Spin. Pioneer in the field of skate-urbanism, he is the director of the company Dedication and the school Shifty, the first higher education school in communication, creation and digital content through the prism of skateboard.

Conversation #4

Jacques Chassaing is one of the iconic figures of the design of sneakers. He spent all his career at Adidas and is the author of the basketball shoe Forum and the running ZX series, among many others.

On a strong footing

Historian and graduated in information management, Patricia Reymond works as a collection manager at the Olympic Fundation for Culture and Heritage in Lausanne, Switzerland. Exhibition catalogue Exhibition catalogue

Sustained Assault

Oli Stratford is the editor-in-chief of Disegno.

Conversation #5

Industrial designer and consultant for Adidas since 2008, Alexander Taylor has developed the Primeknit technology and has been involved in the brand’s collaboration with the environmental organization Parley for the Oceans.

Conversation #6

Bill McInnis, Researsh and Development head of Reebok Future.

Conversation #7

Patrick Bolze, Footwear technical development manager and Felix Willenbrink, marketing manager BASF.

Globalization at our feet

Journalist at Les Echos since 2009, Pierre Demoux is the author of L’Odyssée de la Basket (2019).

Resell or the dark side of sneakers

Expert in sneaker culture, consultant in marketing and communication, Samuel Mantelet is also co-founder of the association Sneakers EMPIRE.

Can sneakers be truly eco-friendly ?

Annabelle Laurent is a journalist for Usbek & Rica. She explores the future of our societies in all their forms.

A → Z - 1839 → 2020

This history of sneakers is an update of the article written by Aurélien Troutaud, published in 2006 in Azimuts 27, edited by Constance Rubini.

Pages 256 p.

Dimensions 20 x 31 cm

Binding glued together sewed square back with visible orange sewing thread  

ISBN 978‑2‑37‑666034‑7

Publisher Paris, Editions Norma

Price: 39,00€ 

On sale at the museum and on the Norma Editions website

This catalogue is published with the support of Château Lafite Rothschild.