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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; annotated edition edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714863505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714863504
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Bischofberger on February 3, 2013
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there are alot of more gifted photographers ,but if you like the pawson architecture look it's so interesting to see what influenced him
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By Brian Lewis on December 26, 2013
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It could be useful for persons who would appreciate stimulation of visual perception. It amounts to a sort of photographer's sketchbook. Pawson certainly has an eye for graphic images and ones that often tell a story. I am amused that the images are presented in pairs and it is in this format I find that there is more to learn and understand.
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