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Nike Flyknit Puzzle Box by Ryan Gander- 09.23.14

flyknit0.jpg On interesting presskit/packaging/art pieces that just came through - here’s the Nike Flyknit Puzzle Box by Ryan Gander in collaboration with The THING Quarterly! This is something little kid me would have totally geeked out about: wooden puzzles + puzzle boxes + the fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5,…)? I loved (and still love!) all of those things. Mix in geometric patterns as inspired by the Nike Flyknit -even better! A mix of walnut, cherry, elm, and birch wood show the “mathematically precise, non-geometric marquetry.” There are only 144 of these boxes in existence - and they chose an edition of 144 “based on the Fibonacci Sequence, representing the first perfect square,” that occurs in the sequence. I love the concept - though to be completely honest, i wish it was harder and the puzzle/sequence reference had a bit more depth! That being said, it’s a truly unique shoebox surrounded by lovely packaging and holding black and white flyknits I’m adoring the design of. It’s a fun way of getting people to think about the patterns that exist everywhere! Check out the details on the next page!


Flyknit inspired patterns… flyknit2.jpg


You can see the Fibonacci Sequence inlayed on the sides - 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34… where each number is the sum of the preceding two. flyknit4.jpg

This sequence is closely tied to nature due to the Golden Spiral which is created with squares from the Fibonacci sequence. It is created by drawing circular arcs connecting the opposite corners of squares in the Fibonacci tiling. You can see it here with squares of 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and 34. You’ll notice this spiral in everything from ferns to nautilus and more! fib.jpg

Included is a Fail Safe if you can’t get it open. flyknit5.jpg

The hardest part of the box is trying not to overthink it. Turns out the spiral is the key… starting at the beginning (1, 1) you slide and lift the first panel… then following the spiral you slide the bottom, then the back side, then the top! flyknit6.jpg

… and yay! Flyknits! flyknit7.jpg

Love the hexagons on the soles! flyknit8.jpg


I love the “Nature Amplified” design ethos of Nike - and what they have done with the Flyknits from a material/technology perspective is nothing short of amazing. Light, strong, environmentally sustainable… it’s a incredible innovation! flyknit10.jpg

Nice quote… flyknit11.jpg

And as a throwback - anyone else remember Square One TV from the late 80s and their mini show: Mathnet? This was my first encounter with the Fibonacci Sequence.

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