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John Pawson Plain Space

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John Pawson 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. His pared-down yet luxurious houses and art galleries were his first projects to gain international attention, and his work has since included Calvin Klein's flagship store in New York, airport lounges for Cathay Pacific, and a kitchen for Obumex. 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. Frequently these projects intervene in existing conditions to create spaces that are simultaneously simple and complex, timeless and contemporary: in the Novy Dvur Monastery in the Czech Republic, elements of the original baroque complex are combined with entirely new architecture to create a mysterious and beautiful sequence of spaces, and in the Baron House in Sweden the vernacular language of the area is refined and abstracted to create a truly modern home. 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. These insights into how Pawson and his office approach all different kinds of projects, including a cricket pavilion, a ballet stage set, apartment and boat interiors, will be of interest to architects, students, and anyone looking to simplify and beautify their own living space. 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.
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Table of Contents

Process: Searching for the Beginning Client: Design Dialogues Atmosphere: The Value of Place Sacred Architecture Monastery of Novy Dvur, Monastery of Sept-Fons, St Moritz Church, Augsburg Objects in Landscape Sackler Crossing, Martyrs Pavilion, Baron House, Luxembourg House Californian Houses Chalon Road, Kasa Karma New York Residences Klein Apartment, 50 Gramercy Park North / Theodoropoulos Apartment, Schrager Penthouse / Mangone Apartment The Familiar Image / Apartments in Belgium Ghent Apartment, Knokke Apartment Houses in Italy Montemaggio Houses, Casa Bottere Sloop & Ketch B60, Baracuda Spatial Interventions Chroma, Lecons du Thoronet, CK40 High Line Designing the Home Bulthaup Living, Tableware, When Objects Work, Cook-pots, Demeyere. Door Handles, Valli & Valli, Spout, Dornbracht, Rug, Christopher Farr Endmatter Biography Bibliography Index

About the Author

Alison Morris is a writer, specializing in the field of architecture and design. In 1998 she joined the Pawson team, where she has remained close to the heart of the architectural process for more than a decade. Alongside the day-to-day work of the practice, she is regularly involved in the preparation of exhibitions and publishing projects.


"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 "A record of some of Pawson's most important work, [...] giving the reader a real insight into his approach to his projects."-John Stachiewicz, National Trust magazine "Presents 30 startlingly minimal and gleaming white projects."-The New York Times "It's not easy to achieve such Spartan perfection, so if you can't tell the difference between a Pawson interior and a half-empty bachelor pad, consider this required reading."-Details

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