Tinker Hatfield, Architect by Daniel North

I've been a fan of Tinker Hatfield since he designed the Nike Mag for the film Back to the Future Part II and I had known him as Nike's star shoe designer. What I recently learnt watching Abstract was that Hatfield studied and graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University Of Oregon and applied architectural references to the design of the Nike Air Max. 

Engineering a new running shoe design using a relatively intricate air bag, he was strongly influenced by the exposed services, structure and inside out, industrial character of Renzo Piano and Richard Roger's controversial Pompidou Centre. The Pompidou celebrates what other buildings attempt to hide, going so far as to finish the mechanical elements of the building in bold colours that can be seen from a distance across Paris.

The Georges Pompidou Centre, completed 1977. Hatfield even borrowed the vibrant red for the first model of the Nike Air Max.

The Georges Pompidou Centre, completed 1977. Hatfield even borrowed the vibrant red for the first model of the Nike Air Max.

Exposing the internal structure of a running shoe had never been done before and was initially frowned upon by Nike. First released in 1987, the shoe would go on to become one of their most enduring designs. Sneakers inspired by architecture.

Balmoral House Update by Daniel North

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On site this morning in Mosman, Balmoral House was enjoying the autumn sun. The structure is coming up, the picture windows are formed and skylights are letting the morning light in.

Surry Hills Residences Update by Daniel North

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It will be only be a few more weeks before the last of the scaffolding comes down at our project in Surry Hills and work can commence in earnest on the interiors. The glazing has been installed to the top residence and work is about to start on reinstating the original horse stables building below.

Balmain House Update by Daniel North

The builder is off to a flying start with our project in Balmain! The slabs have been poured, the timber and steel frames have gone up. It won't be long until the external walls are being clad.

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