Tuesday, December 1, 2020

adidas x Meissen | Centuries of Expertise

adidas Originals and Meissen have come together to create a 1 of 1 art piece: 
the ZX 8000 Porcelain. 
Comprised of premium adidas leather hand-painted by Meissen, marvellously 
hand-made Meissen porcelain overlays, and weighing exactly 950 grams, this
unique creation will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in New York City from December 
7-16th, 2020. 

 The ZX8000 Porcelain will be offered in a single-lot, online-only auction which 
is open for bidding from 7 – 16 December, with an estimate of $1 to $1,000,000.
Proceeds from will sale will benefit the Brooklyn Museum to support ongoing
programs providing access to the arts for local youth. 

adidas will also release a commercially available ZX 10,000 shoe inspired by the
Meissen craftsmanship and design later this month. 

Earlier in 2020, adidas launched the A-ZX program. Created with the brand’s
archives in-hand they teamed up with a range of selected partners around the
world using the ZX franchise as the canvas. Each partner brings a unique
treatment to one of adidas’ most emblematic models. 
So for the december release of the A-ZX program, adidas originals joined forces 
with Meissen. The art piece brings together the meissen ‘krater’ vase and the 
adidas originals ZX8000 silhouette. 

First designed in 1856, the ‘krater’ vase unites a number of decorative styles 
and techniques from throughout the manufacturer’s 310 year history. 
Paying homage to this quintessential piece of meissen design, the adidas’ 
ZX8000 shoe model is adorned with 15 of the vase’s 130 different patterns. 
Each pattern has been painstakingly crafted with the utmost care and precision 
by four individual painters across three separate meissen departments.

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