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A Visual Inventory


A Visual Inventory is a selection of images chosen and annotated by John Pawson from his personal archive.


John Pawson


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John Pawson’s career as an architect and designer spans a variety of sizes and programmes: from bowls to bridges, and monasteries to Calvin Klein stores. In addition to his acclaimed design work, he is the author of Phaidon’s successful Minimum, a book that paired images and captions to illustrate the notion of simplicity in a beautiful and inspirational manner.

A Visual Inventory presents some of the images from Pawson’s personal collection of over 230,000 digital snapshots. The book opens with an essay explaining the importance of photography as a tool for Pawson’s work, and the images are set one per page with illuminating captions.

Covering a huge range of subjects, the photographs form a remarkable body of reference material. Some of the images illustrate a particular idea about form, material or space; others reflects the author’s interest in returning repeatedly to certain subjects, capturing the changes brought by different weather, light conditions, seasons and patterns of use.

Each image has been chosen for the book because it is useful, offering a lesson in visual thinking. None of the photographs in the book have been cropped or altered; it is the selection, arrangement and captioning of the images that make this book unique, valuable and attractive to any architect, designer, artist or student who wants to see the world around them with a stronger eye.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 270 x 205 mm (10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
Pages: 304 pp
Illustrations: 272 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714863504

John Pawson was born in 1949 in Yorkshire. His work focuses on ways of approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials. His many residential and commercial interiors have included homes and art galleries and stores in London, Dublin, New York, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo, and his subsequent projects have spanned a wide range of scales and building typologies, from stage sets and exhibitions to boats and monastaries. The New York Times has called him “The father of architectural minimalism.”

"A Visual Inventory [...] is both a pleasure and an inspiration ... Pawson's snapshots of buildings and places that have inspired him, whether through the play of light on brickwork or details of floorboards in a Swedish church hall, cut to the essence of architectural beauty."—Jonathan Glancey, Guardian.co.uk

"Beautiful... Surprisingly eclectic... An illuminating insight."—Julia Llewellyn Smith, Sunday Telegraph, Seven magazine

"From surface textures to architectural details and natural landscapes, his shots are wonderfully immediate, and each includes an illuminating caption written by Pawson himself."—Amy Bradford, Elle Decoration

"Few of us share Pawson's sublime austerity. It's revelatory that he is inspired by such a wide variety of perceptions."—Interior Design

"...An inspiring new book..."—The Huffington Post

"...A surprisingly maximalist wonder cabinet of visual bric-a-brac... This is a global seeing adventure with a master tour guide."—Town & Country

"A Visual Inventory [...] is both a pleasure and an inspiration ... Pawson's snapshots of buildings and places that have inspired him, whether through the play of light on brickwork or details of floorboards in a Swedish church hall, cut to the essence of architectural beauty."—Jonathan Glancey, Guardian.co.uk

"Beautiful... Surprisingly eclectic... An illuminating insight."—Julia Llewellyn Smith, Sunday Telegraph, Seven magazine

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