John Pawson Plain Space

Author(s): Alison Morris

Architecture & Interiors

John Pawson (b.1949) 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. 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. 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. 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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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.

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

General Fields

  • : 9780714857480
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : August 2010
  • : 290mm X 250mm X 32mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alison Morris
  • : colour illustrations
  • : 240
  • : 720.92
  • : en
  • : 1
  • : Hardback