Paperair: a funky art show with sneakers by Phil Toys
Sneakers, paper toys, and illustrations. Sounds like a dreamlike combo? Visual artist Filippo Perin, aka Phil Toys, and graphic designer Federico Giuliani have worked it out with a super rad project called Paperair. Phil made a template of the iconic Nike Air Force and sent it to the talented hands of 25 Italian artists with the magical words: interpreting the shoes in your own style.
These 25 internationally-known individuals did the challenge justice. Their second-to-none creativity and imagination have turned paper models into sculptures of wonder. Each pair of shoes is inherently fabulous. They boldly shout out to the world about their uniqueness. The broad spectrum of personalities, tastes, and tones is truly delightful. There are jolly colours, badass monsters, graffiti patterns, street art creatures, techno vibe. These trademarks ranges from Ale Giorgini, Mauro Gatti to Gloria Pizzilli and Jacopo Rosati. Apparently paper design is still new in Italy, and to have illustrators work on a totally new medium is no easy pie. Nevertheless, those talented folks have done it with flying colours, Phil shared:“They played to perfection what was the idea of the project and therefore have combined their styles to form a total alien into something that meets their usual standard.”
This is indeed a feast no sneaker fan, paper toy fan, or art fan can miss. Scroll down to see our most favourite pieces, or head over to the project’s page to see the whole set.
The iconic Nike Air Force: