Stefan Dukaczewski x Minimal Sneaker Project – MNMLSNKR (UpDated)

It’s pretty amazing how iconic a brand/shoe can become, that even just the use of the material synonymous with that  product can be used elsewhere on a different product, by a different brand, and still all you see is that initial brand/shoe. Creating objects around a shoe can often devalue the product if not executed well, but well thought out, well designed product can add a lot of value and add another dimension to your concept, which is what Stefan Dukaczewski has done here with MNMLSNKR (even if he has no affiliation with Nike). Check out some examples of the beautifully designed iPhone cases after the jump (I really need that safari one!).

You can pick up your own case for $35, here.

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[highlight] Can you tell us a little about yourself? [/highlight]

MSTRPLN® is the multi-disciplinary design practice of creative professional Stefan Dukaczewski.

Since 2001, he has worked on a range of projects for industry-leading clients such as adidas Originals, O’Neill, and Orage Ski, among others. Currently based in Canada’s Capital City, Ottawa Ontario, he specializes in crafting rich visual experiences for both thriving and up and coming businesses. He was most recently nominated as a finalist for FITC Best Canadian Designer and has had work featured in publications such as Computer Arts Projects magazine, and on such websites as Wired, Hypebeast and Branding Served.

[highlight] What inspired this project? [/highlight]

As for the inspiration for this series of prints, I have been a designer for the last 12 years and have always had a strong connection to the sneaker culture. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s I had a lot of exposure to both street and sport culture and the common bond between those two lifestyles always ended up with what was on your feet. I had always wanted to do a project that had some type of relation to the iconic Nike sneakers from the mid 80’s to the mid 90’s, like early Jordans and Air Maxes to ACG and the Cross Trainers.

I like to use a minimalistic design style with my work so I thought it would be fitting to try and use the colorways of these classic sneakers in such a way that they could be incorporated into any environment, and those people who follow sneaker and street culture would instantly make the connection to the idea of what they represent.

[highlight] Which is your favorite print? [/highlight]

I would say my favorite print would have to be the Ninety, as it was the first one in the series that I put together and the inspiration behind the rest of them.