John Pawson's 320-page book, entitled 'A Visual Inventory', is a visual journey through the details, textures, spatial qualities and even coincidental arrangements that have informed his designs through the years
The book presents some 200,000 beautiful photographs Pawson has taken during his 30 year-long career. Pictured here is a spread detailing, from left: Louvre Museum, Paris, France, January 2011; New York, USA, November 2009
Each allocated their own page for suitable 'breathing space', images are accompanied by Pawson's personal notes and appear in their original state (uncropped and untreated)
A minimalist detail of Pawson House, London, June 2009
A spread detailing, from left: Pawson House, London, June 2003; The Himalayas, India, January 2011
Woodland Cemetery, Stockholm, Sweden, March 2011
Athens airport, Greece, August 2010
Arizona, USA, February 2005
Hoover Dam, Arizona/Nevada border, USA, February 2005
Pawson House, London, November 2009
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If you have ever wondered what inspires leading British architect John Pawson in his work, then this book will offer an insight into the minimalist's mind. Published by Phaidon and aptly entitled 'A Visual Inventory', 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, this book presents a selection of the some 200,000 beautiful photographs Pawson has taken during his 30 year-long career. What could be described as a visual diary is indeed a genuine library of forms, volumes, materials and patterns, as seen through the architect's eye.
Each allocated their own page for suitable 'breathing space', the images are accompanied by Pawson's personal notes and appear in their original state (uncropped and untreated). These photographs explore the architectural elements and fascinations Pawson investigates with his work, such as light, proportion and material.
Visual Inventory also spans different countries and periods - from Pawson's visit to Peter Zumthor's St Benedict's Chapel in Switzerland, to when he was designing key works like the new Cistercian monastery in Bohemia, and more recent work trips to Japan, Seoul, New York and Paris. The compositions, like his architecture, are serene but powerful.
The book is now on sale and is the latest addition to Phaidon's Pawson offerings - three monographs are already out, as well as a book the architect himself wrote in 1996. And if this is not enough for an in-depth look into John Pawson's sensibility and approach, then a visit to the Architekturmuseum in Munich for his first major show in Germany is a must, running until 20 May 2012.
A Visual Inventory by John Pawson, is published by Phaidon, £29.95
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