Kang created a chair from recycled plastics inspired by Reebok’s Classic Leather Legacy sneaker. Learn more about his inspiration, how he’s challenging the status quo and the legacy he wants to leave behind.Artist Youngmin Kang is using his designs to show how one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. He is building his legacy by pushing the boundaries of design and re-using objects for new purposes. As part of Seoul-based design collective 1S1T, Kang is pushing our perspective of what we think is trash. He says he doesn’t just create things that are beautiful, he’s creating things that represent his generation.
Reebok’s latest drop of the Classic Leather Legacy sneaker is centered around community and the positive innovations that can come from different people and places. Inspired by a 1970s Reebok running shoe, the shoe has a legacy all its own. The latest version is also made with at least 30% [Ree]Cycled materials on the upper and built with sustainability in mind.
Kang’s typical design process is to collect and melt down plastic waste, turning old bus rails into one-of-a-kind sculptural furniture that push the aesthetic boundaries of what an object can be. In collaboration with Reebok, Kang created a bespoke piece of furniture inspired by the Classic Leather Legacy by melting different colored plastics together, replicating the sneaker’s colorways. Kang wants his legacy to be that his work helped change the conversation and break the stigma around waste and re-use in South Korea. Check out what he had to say about the project with Reebok and how he’s found inspiration during this time.