What do you get when a surfer/skateboarder raised in the coastal paradise of Santa Barbara moves to Paris to work in a studio with master craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind gallery pieces and prototypes for some of France’s most admired and respected designers?
The Glass Slipper, a crystal clear, glowing skateboard.
Adrian Rubi-Dentzel comes from a long line of carousel builders and was raised in an atmosphere of craftsmanship where hand fabrication is an essential part of the design process. Adrian hand-shaped the Glass Slipper out of a single piece of clear polycarbonate and it features Moonlights light-up risers, Black Egg wheels and Steely Shieldless bearings, all by Solitary Arts, and 22” trucks by Ace. Blessed by the mentorship of David Toppani at UFACTO studio, Adrian was able to bring his vision to life.
The outline is based on the Stubbie surfboards designed by George Greenough and currently made by Bob Duncan in Santa Barbara, California (Wilderness Surfboards). Not only does the board exist as a piece of art, but, it is fully practical mode of transportation which can help you get from here to there while exuding undeniable style.
For this California kid, having the Glass Slipper selected as part of the London Design Festival is certainly a self-induced Cinderella story.
On a side note, I just returned from a trip to Paris and while strolling past the Musée d’Orsay, I stumbled upon this group of skaters. I felt it only appropriate to include a little glimpse of the skating scene on the streets of Paris.