etnies 25th anniversary

Celebrating their 25th brand anniversary and honoring a quarter of a century in skate history, etnies isn’t only going to throw a huge b-day bash, they wanna show you what the future of skateboarding could be like.

So Pierre-André Senizergues, former pro skateboarder and owner of etnies, hand-picked three creative minds from the brand’s history – Gil Le Bon Delapointe, Mike Manzoori and Yogi Proctor – to create compelling concepts that demonstrate what living, moving and thinking could look like in the future. The pieces are on display at La Gaîté Lyrique Public Domaine from today, June 29 through August 7.

Imagine a city in the future that was built for the purpose of skateboarding. Skateboarding would be the primary form of transportation and recreation – in and out of your home. The PAS House takes this concept and brings it to life through an architectural project mixing a modern single family home with flawless transitions and ledges – all from an environmentally-driven perspective. A full-scale, 70 square-meter (753.5 -square foot) version of this original idea and vision created by Pierre-André Senizergues, designed by artist, Gil Le Bon Delapointe and supervised by Francois Perrin, is now a reality and on display at La Gaîté Lyrique Public Domaine. The PAS House is a glimpse into the future that shows what the NEXT 25 years may look like when combining the powerful influence of skateboarding with a dwelling place.

As skateboarding continues to evolve and progress, it draws from the many influences that define and redefine its character; no one can predict what it will be like in the NEXT 25 years. With this momentum, the movement will not stagnate, the destination is uncertain so it’s irrelevant. The magic is in the journey and experience. Mike Manzoori’s AIMLESS film celebrates this visually by capturing the feeling of pure exploration from a skateboarder’s perspective.

Skateboarders see the world differently, from multiple points of view and creatively think of ways to ride everyday obstacles in the city. This sets up the world like a decoy, so to speak, and alters the very fabric of the world around us. From this viewpoint, the NEXT 25 years offers to be an era of intriguing interactions with the world of art and progressive thinking. Artist Yogi Proctor offers three works throughout the exhibit – Canon, Rip and The Baguette Board. Additionally the audience is introduced to Sade Coy, a muse of artist Yogi Proctor that shows up at La Gaîté Lyrique Public Domaine giving the chance to interact in numerous ways as an artist, a curator, a concept and as a work of art. The secret is in the eye of the beholder and can be unlocked only through a personal interpretation of what one sees.


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