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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Calvin Klein's Architect, John Pawson's Private Residence - Minimalism

John Pawson is truly a master of minimalism - to the point he could be considered an honorary Zen Master.  He has designed spaces for Calvin Klein as well as Cistercian Monks. No more evident is this push towards minimalism than in his own home which he designed specifically for a paired down lifestyle.  In the kitchen, 3 stools, adorn a small island resulting in a seductive form one almost feels guilty of in contrast to the stark interiors and all natural wide plank oak floors.  A simple table with even simpler chairs sets the tone for an austere dining room.  There is no art and no accessories. Those are perhaps too indulgent for this self flagellating trappist designer.  He allows one decorative element - light.  The stair well has an accent up the side as does one primary wall.  Even downlights are used sparingly as if the are somehow considered to epicurean in nature.   He has made his mark by relentless discipline. He is thwarted by no one - and has no patience for any whisper of gluttony.  His only indulgence is the lack there of. - Ecomanta

“There are 50 different color shades of white,” says John Pawson. And you could probably only see them in an empty room. For John Pawson, architecture is about reduction.

British architect John Pawson is a master of minimalism. He is recognized for Calvin Klein’s flagship store in Manhattan and a Cistercian monastery in Bohemia. His house in London, a Zen like living space, has been reduced to its essence, as close to perfect as possible. It has false walls to hide things he doesn’t want to display. The natural light and the empty space seem to communicate more than the space that is filled up with something.

The minimalism thing. I can live a life influenced by clean design. I can resist buying things but do I always have to put stuff away? The idea is to not disturb my imagination.  It’s about trying to calm things down a little, isn’t it?