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Camper’s Quirky History on Display In London

From artist collaborations to concept stores that blur the line between gallery and retail, Camper has never been shy from adapting forward-thinking designs. Highlights from the Spanish footwear brand’s archives are now on display at London’s Design Museum in a new exhibit, Life on Foot. The exhibit is part of Camper’s 40th anniversary celebration.

The temporary exhibit (May 13-Nov. 1) is the first time Camper has opened its archives publicly, including sketches, prototypes and products that are yet to be released, as well as advertisements from some of its most famous launches, like its Twins footwear. Visitors can also trace the manufacturing process of Camper’s signature styles from its Mallorca studios to the more advanced designs from its mass production facilities in the Far East, and see how the brand plans to integrate more technology into its footwear in the future.

Recreations some of the brand’s most inspirational retail concepts by Marti Guixé, Nendo, Jaimie Hayon, Tomas Alonso, Bouroullec Brothers, Campana Brothers, Tokujin Yoshioka, Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban, Fernando Amat and Doshi Levien are on display.

The mark the event, the Campana Brothers designed an exclusive pair of Camper shoes, the canvas and suede Pelotas. Just 10 pairs of the shoes inspired by the shape of tree roots are available at the Design Museum Shop. The artists also designed a very limited edition bag (five available) for the occasion.