John Pawson was born in 1949 in Halifax, Yorkshire, in the north of England. Following school and a period of employment in the family textile business he left for Japan, spending several years teaching English at the business university of Nagoya. Towards the end of his time there he moved to Tokyo, where he frequented the studio of Japanese architect and designer Shiro Kuramata. Never a formal apprentice, the experience nonetheless proved pivotal. Following his return to England, he enrolled at the Architecture Association in London, leaving to establish his own practice in 1981. From the outset the work focused on exploring fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials, rather than on developing a set of stylistic mannerisms, beginning with renovation of the London apartment he shared with the art dealer Hester van Royen. Domestic commissions followed for the writer Bruce Chatwin, opera director Pierre Audi and art collector Doris Lockhart Saatchi, executed in parallel with a number of early art spaces, including Waddington Galleries in London and the PPOW Gallery in New York. Far removed from the preoccupations of mainstream 1980s architecture, the roots of Pawson’s approach extended back through successive expressions of simplicity, which have formed a consistent component of both Eastern and Western traditions, from Japanese concepts of Zen to Cistercian monastic architecture and the serenely empty churches of the seventeenth century Dutch painter Pieter Saenredam. Critical commercial projects during the 1990s transformed forever the scale and prominence of the work. Key amongst these was an impromptu meeting with Calvin Klein in 1993, which led to the commission to design the brand’s first flagship collections store in Manhattan and, a few years later, the practice’s successful bid to design the Cathay Pacific Lounges for the new Hong Kong airport. During this same decade Pawson wrote his book Minimum , first published in 1996 and widely characterised as a manifesto, examining the notion of simplicity in art, architecture and design across a variety of historical and cultural contexts........
24 x 34 cm – 1,5 kg