British architect and designer John Pawson has headed his own office since 1981. In his unique approach, he always starts from the fundamentals of a project, namely space, proportions, light and materials. His distinctive minimalist style is now beautifully summarized in this equally essential publication.
John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum (Phaidon)
We read a review somewhere that this book is especially recommended to those who do not know the difference between an interior by John Pawson and a half-empty bachelor pad. Minimalism is not the same as a cold interior where decoration, art and colours are lacking. These elements are replaced by an excellent eye for detail, the right choice of materials, clever proportions, intriguing volumes and a play with light and shadow.
"He always starts from the fundamentals of a project"
This impressive monograph documents some of Pawson's recent projects, such as his own home in rural England, the London Design Museum and various sacred spaces. The focus is on the unique details that define his architectural style. Basic elements such as windows, doors and walls — although subtle and unobtrusive — often play a very important role in his work. This is how the designer manages to bring personality, conviviality and warmth to a project. In all its simplicity, it will then still radiate a great deal of power.
You can buy this beautiful book here.
Images courtesy of Phaidon and John Pawson.