Nike and the Aero-Static Dome

Coinciding with Design Week in Milan, Nike once again teams with Arthur Huang – founder of sustainable design agency Miniwiz – to create the Aero-Static Dome as a centerpiece for the world premiere of the Kobe 9 Elite Low HTM collection. Floating above the centuries-old Palazzo Clerici, the massive metallic-colored structure remains anchored to the ground by Nike’s proprietary Flyknit material and nine glass capsules, each of them containing the aforementioned sneakers. While this installation pays tribute to strengths of the Flyknit technology, the unique overhead dome draws inspiration from the aerodynamics of Leonardo da Vinci’s triangular parachute, as well as Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral kite.