The Centre Georges Pompidou is a state art and culture centre in the 4th district of Paris. Built on the initiative of former French President Georges Pompidou, it was inaugurated on 31 January 1977. This unusual construction is at the heart of Schulz’s current illustration and shows not only his admiration for the building itself, but also for the Air max 1 sneaker, revolutionised in 1987 by American shoe designer Tinker Hatfield on the basis of a “viewing window” inspired by the Centre Pompidou.
Georges Pompidou wanted to depict the interior of a building from the outside and had the supporting structure and the pipes for the building technology arranged in a clearly visible manner. This can also be seen in the “Air Window” by Tinker Hatfield, who designed the Nike Air Max 1 as a tribute to the Parisian building. For the first time, the technology of a sneaker was visible to everyone! A train that will keep the world of Nike shoes alive forever.
and made the Air Max 1 an undisputed cult shoe.
It’s remarkable how this monument continues to change the way the world looks at architecture and how powerful it still is today, like a muse, inspiring the creative minds of the world…
In 1987 Schulz was only 9 years old, but his fascination for architecture and his love for sneakers, especially Air Max 1, was already born and had its origins when he looked at this building. The lines of the shoe, parallel to the lines of the building with all its sophisticated functions and systems, also impressed him and prompted von Schulz to illustrate the Air max several times. However, he never forgot that the building itself was the source of his passion. So he honoured it and the spirit behind Air max 1, Mr Tinker Hatfield, with his clear, minimalist yet wonderfully detailed illustration of the “Centre George pompidou”. Great work!