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Over 40 years after its birth, adidas Original’s iconic all-time classic, the Superstar sneaker, is back in the limelight in the “SUPERSTAR | Hall of Fame” pop-up store in Seoul, South Korea. The design concept aims at bringing out the sneaker’s essence, which is expressed in the campaign’s slogan “Superstar is not what you think it is”. The goal was to create an experience space that highlights superstar’s deep involvement and evolution in the heart of popular culture. In order to capture the essence, URBANTAINER’s design team decided to maintain a smuch of the space’s original character aspossible. Materials like diamond mesh wire, rhombus steel panels, metal pipes, straps, hotrolled steel sheets and old wood create a refined yet raw environment with a natural flow between emptiness and fullness.


Visitors are guided through an exhibition structured by six grand themes, Hardwood & Backboards, Music& Culture Connection, Art in Superstar, Superstar in Superstar, Collaboration in Superstar, Fashion in Superstar. The content was carefully curated to present the Superstar’s history, music and concert videos of performers who were in love with the sneaker and the creative fruits of collaboration projects with internationaland Korean artists. The inner court is surrounded by a mesh fence, referencing a street basketball court in the 70s, when the Superstar made its debut as an innovative basketball shoe. The shop area was inspired by the charm of a garage, complete with shutter and steel rods holding the sneakers. The stencilled slogan and graffiti tags all over the area infuse a raw energy that reminisce the early days of street culture of which the Superstar was an important part.

Design: URBANTAINER
Creative director: Younjin Jeong, Jinyoung Yoon
Space design team: Sujung Lee, Donhee Yoon
Brand design team: Minjeong Choi
Photography: Young Kim_Indipos

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