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John Pawson's career as an architect and designer spans a variety of sizes and programs: from bowls to bridges, and monasteries to Calvin Klein stores. In addition to his acclaimed design work, he is the author of Phaidon's successful Minimum, a book that paired images and captions to illustrate the notion of simplicity in a beautiful and inspirational manner. Visual Inventory presents some of the images from Pawson's personal collection of over 200,000 digital snapshots. The book opens with an essay explaining the importance of photography as a tool for Pawson's work, and the images are set one per page with illuminating captions. Covering a huge range of subjects, the photographs form a remarkle body of reference material. Some of the images illustrate a particular idea out form, material or space; others reflect the author's interest in returning repeatedly to certain subjects, capturing the changes brought by different weather, light conditions, seasons and patterns of use. Each image has been chosen for the book because it is useful, offering a lesson in visual thinking. None of the photographs in the book have been cropped or altered; it is the selection, arrangement and captioning of the images that make this book unique, valule and attractive to any architect, designer, artist or student who wants to see the world around them with a stronger eye.
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John Pawson was born in 1949 in Yorkshire. His work focuses on ways of approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials - themes he also explored in his book Minimum, first published by Phaidon in 1996, which examines the notion of simplicity in art, architecture and design across a variety of historical and cultural contexts. His many residential and commercial interiors have included homes for the writer Bruce Chatwin and the opera director Pierre Audi as well as art galleries and stores in London, Dublin New York, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo. Subsequent projects have spanned a wide range of scales and building typologies, from stage sets and exhibitions to boats and airport lounges, and include such diverse projects as the new Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in Bohemia and the Sackler Crossing, a bridge over the lake at Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens.Review:
"As personal as it is visually arresting, this is a work of thoughtful scrutiny from one of architecture's living legends." - Architectural Digest.com
". . .a monumental visual diary and soursebook." - Life + Times
"Few of us share Pawson's sublime austerity. It's revelatory that he is inspired by such a wide variety of perceptions." - Interior Design
". . .an inspiring new book. . ." - The Huffington Post
". . .a surprisingly maximalist wonder cabinet of visual bric-a-brac. . .This is a global seeing adventure with a master tour guide." - Town & Country
"This unique opportunity to look alongside a designer famed for his remarkable eye is one of the best lessons in visual thinking you could hope to buy." - The Imagist.com
". . .the 320-page tome provides a rich glimpse into Pawson's creative world. . .A journey through the details, textures, spatial qualities and even coincidental arrangements that have informed his designs through the years." - Wallpaper.com
"A great visual book for leafing through for inspiration." - Selectism.com
"Even designers. . .will find inspiration and delight as they browse this elegant anthology." - FORM
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Book Description Phaidon Press, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0714863505