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John Pawson Collection


From architecural design to photography, the work and passions of John Pawson


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Spectrum: Globally acclaimed miminalist architect, John Pawson, celebrates colors through 320 inspiring photographs.

"Pawson is a lot more than just an architect; he's also handy with a camera and has a good eye for what makes a nice picture." —Monocle

Globally acclaimed architectural designer John Pawson takes you on a multi-colored journey across the world through a carefully curated sequence of 320 images. It's a celebration of color from one of the most unexpected sources. His architecture might be known for its limited color palette – primarily white – but his photographs tell another story. Pawson is always taking photographs of patterns, details, textures, and spatial arrangements that often inform his work, which includes the new Design Museum in London and Calvin Klein retail stores.

Plain Space: John Pawson (b.1949) is an architect and designer whose exceptional work combines an essential simplicity with a keen attention to the details of everyday life and human experience. In the last decade, the scope of his designs has broadened from objects and interiors to include houses, monasteries, pavilions and boats. This change in scale has given his office the opportunity to refine its minimalist aesthetic and further develop its ideas of a fundamental architecture based on the qualities of space, proportion, light and materials. In Plain Space, author Alison Morris presents both this recent body of work and earlier projects from the perspective of someone who has had unique access to the work and archives of the office. In thematic essays and narrative project descriptions she examines the firm’s working processes, relationship with clients, and approach to design. Filled with exquisite photographs and detailed drawings, Plain Space will be the next must-have book for fans of John Pawson and a perfect introduction to his work for anyone interested in the absolute best of contemporary design.

Works: John Pawson is one of the foremost proponents of Minimalism in architecture and design. Already known to designers for his austere yet luxurious interiors, he has attained immense public acclaim for his high-profile retail projects such as the Calvin Klein flagship store in New York, his celebrity clients like Martha Stewart and his book Minimum (Phaidon, 1996). This book traces the varied course of the relationships between an architect and his clients, between an architect and the design briefs set for him, and between the architect and his own intellectual approach to design and its impact on his work. The incisive text with - specially commissioned pictures - explores Pawson's design process, working methods and philosophical approach, and illuminates the emotional and artistic content of his work. Through a close examination of ten diverse projects, Deyan Sudjic considers the way in which design is influenced by the processes of construction and making, and explores the nature and significance of the finished scheme. This book, a record of Pawson's developing approach to design and his unique position at the intersection of art and design, offers insights into culture, society and architecture.

A Visual Inventory Postcards: 24 postcards featuring some of the most intriguing images from John Pawson’s A Visual Inventory, hand-picked by the author



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 245 x 210 mm (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in)
Pages: 750 pp
Illustrations: 600 illustrations
ISBN: COLLECT100076C

John Pawson was born in 1949 in Yorkshire. After spending several years in Japan and studying at the Architecture Association in London, he established his own practice in 1981. From the outset his work focused on ways of approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials, rather than on developing a set of stylistic mannerisms – themes he also explored in his book Minimum, first published by Phaidon in 1996, which examines the notion of simplicity in art, architecture and design across a variety of historical and cultural contexts. His many residential and commercial interiors have included homes for the writer Bruce Chatwin and the opera director Pierre Audi as well as art galleries and stores in London, Dublin New York, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo. Subsequent projects have spanned a wide range of scales and building typologies, from stage sets and exhibitions to boats and airport lounges, and include such diverse projects as the new Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in Bohemia and the Sackler Crossing, a bridge over the lake at Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens.

"He may be one of our leading architectural designers, but John Pawson has an addiction: photography." —Guardian

"Beautifully handsome and serene [photographs]." —Dazed and Confused

"For the minimalist in your life, this would be the perfect present: a book that is as refined, precise and elegant as the buildings it describes."—LA Architect

""Exquisite" is an adjective frequently applied to the work of John Pawson - and one that might equally be applied to this beautifully produced book."—Kenneth Powell, House & Garden

"Beautiful, inspring."—Time Out

"He may be one of our leading architectural designers, but John Pawson has an addiction: photography." —Guardian

"Beautifully handsome and serene [photographs]." —Dazed and Confused

"For the minimalist in your life, this would be the perfect present: a book that is as refined, precise and elegant as the buildings it describes."—LA Architect

""Exquisite" is an adjective frequently applied to the work of John Pawson - and one that might equally be applied to this beautifully produced book."—Kenneth Powell, House & Garden

"Beautiful, inspring."—Time Out


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