Lecture date: 2010-12-10
The phrase 'plain space', taken from the words of the eighteenth century landscape gardener and poet, William Shenstone, captures something of the essence of what John Pawson has been trying to achieve over the past 30 years. In this lecture he reflects on the thinking which has consistently lain behind projects as diverse as a small flat for the writer Bruce Chatwin created at the beginning of his career and a new Cistercian monastery in Bohemia, where work has been ongoing for a decade.
John Pawson was born in 1949 in Halifax, Yorkshire. Following a period in the family textile business, he spent a number of years living and working in Japan. Following his return to England, he enrolled at the AA, leaving to establish his own practice in 1981. From the outset Pawson’s work has focused on ways of approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials. Projects have spanned a wide range of scales and typologies, including a new Cistercian monastery in Bohemia and a lake crossing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
A major exhibition, John Pawson Plain Space, runs at the Design Museum, London, until 30 January 2011.
More from the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, we talk to John Pawson, Alexander Schärer from USM, Naoko Kubo from Sfera, Philipp Mainzer from e15 and we also digest the results of London Design Museum’s Design of the Year award. Apr 23, 2013
Source by Monocle 24: Monocle on Design
Lecture date: 1996-11-12
Architect and designer John Pawson came to architecture relatively late, beginning his studies at the AA in his early thirties. In 1982 he established his practice, John Pawson, and began to develop his signature style, a pared-down simplicity which he has refined in a number of projects, including art galleries, domestic interiors, restaurants and shops. This lecture marks the publication of his visual essay Minimum. Pawson talks about the book, presenting an analysis of the elements of minimum: repetition, geometry, structure and proportion.
Lecture date: 1996-05-08
Architect and designer John Pawson came to architecture relatively late, beginning his studies at the AA in his early thirties. In 1982 he established his practice, John Pawson, and began to develop his signature style, a pared-down simplicity which he has refined in a number of projects, including art galleries, domestic interiors, restaurants and shops. Amongst his first projects was an apartment for the writer Bruce Chatwin, who found in Pawson's work the perfect expression of 'wabi', the Japanese term denoting 'voluntary poverty', a stripped-down simplicity and purity of form. In this eponymously titled lecture, Pawson gives a personal and historical description of the notion of simplicity, with examples of his practice's recent work.
In the first episode of our new series, Fear and Love, made in collaboration with the Design Museum, British architect John Pawson walks us through his superb reimagining of the former Commonwealth Institute in London’s South Kensington, which this week opens as the new home of the Design Museum. Read more on NOWNESS - http://bit.ly/2gK5ccQ
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