October 29, 2010
"The father of modern architectural minimalism."
The New York Times
John Pawson is one of my favorite designers. There is such clarity in the simplicity of his work. It is a study in light, proportion, view and material. Every architectural moment is considered, and the experience offered deliberate. I find his residential projects to be some of the most compelling. It is these spaces which are often the most difficult to keep without clutter and visual distraction.
John Pawson's work creates tranquility through absence. That is not to say spaces are without function. Everything necessary has a space. Everything else, has no place. Mr. Pawson designs spaces, buildings and objects with the same application of process, defined by their function. There is keen attention to the details of everyday life and human experience.
John Pawson currently has an exhibition at the Design Museum
of London. The exhibit titled Plain Space, celebrates Pawson's career to date with models, film, photographs and architectural elements and includes some of his most important projects including the Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Nový Dvůr in the Czech Republic, the Sackler Crossing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Calvin Klein store on Madison Avenue, New York. Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, Phaidon Press
has published a stunning monograph titled Plain Space.
I would love to fly off to London to experience this exhibit first hand. But alas, I will not. I am confident the new book will offer plenty of design inspiration, and I will keep my fingers crossed that the exhibit will make its way to the states. If you have seen the exhibit in London, I would love to hear your thoughts!
To explore the work of John Pawson, visit his website http://www.johnpawson.com.
All images courtesy of www.johnpawson.com and www.designmuseum.org
Tags: architecture, design, John Pawson, minimalism, Modern Design, Museum of Design London, voluntary simplicity