Floor 00: John Pawson
Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, Great Britain in 1949, he studied at the Architectural Association before opening his own studio.
Pawson’s work is closely identified with Minimalism. His designs explore elements like space, light and materials, disdaining other stylistic ornamentation. The nakedness of his work gives it a visual than architectural focus. Elegant and seductive, icy and theatrical, his architecture is based on sensations, visual pleasures, soundness. His base pallet of reduced constructive resources is characterised by a systematic and rigorous application.
Pawson’s individual approach to architecture can be clearly seen in work like the compact apartment of writer Bruce Chatwin, the Calvin Klein shop in Manhattan and Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong airport. He was also the architect responsible for the new Cistercian monastery in the Czech city of Bohemia.
Aside from his works as architect, he has designed many domestic objects for major furniture firms: sinks, bath tubs, taps, door knockers, jars and trays, all of great beauty and practicality. An exhibition of the work of this British creator was shown in 2002 at IVAM in Valencia.