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John Pawson: Themes and Projects Paperback – 24 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; New edition edition (24 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844527
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A beautiful volume and an easy introduction to his [i.e. Pawson's] work.' (Modern Painters)

'This impressive…collection of essays on John Pawson will surely find its way onto many a designer's shelf, as both visual reference and essential welcome reading for all new recruits…The book is resolutely not a typical wide-angle brochure of Pawson's work. It instead attempts to assess the real value of architecture which celebrates texture, light, mass and ritual. What with all the recent attention given to 'minimalism', you could mistakenly believe you know all you need to about John Pawson's work. Read this book to know that there's more than the 'less is more' mantra suggests.' (Theme)

'Characteristic of John Pawson’s unique viewpoint on the junction of art and design, it also offers much wider insights into culture, society and architecture.' (Property Executive)

'John Pawson’s immaculate spaces are said to inspire religious awe, and this generously illustrated monograph adroitly recreates that impression…The book is a luscious introduction into a luxuriously empty world.' (Azur)

About the Author

Dejan Sudjic was formerly editor of Blueprint and Domus magazines, and Director of ‘Glasgow 1999: UK City of Architecture and Design’ and the Venice Architectural Biennale 2002. Architecture critic of The Observer, he has written many books, including John Pawson Works, The 100 Mile City (1992), Blade of light: the Story of London's Millenium Bridge (2002) and Ron Arad published by Phaidon.

Further contributing authors include Anita Moryadas, Sam Hecht, Phoebe Greenwood, Robert Winder, Alison Morris, Bruce Chatwin, Michael Craig-Martin, Katherine Bucknell and Father Samuel from the monastery at Novy Dvur.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By archi reaper on 25 April 2005
Format: Paperback
First of all this is a book of good photographs, no plans and a compilation of so-so easays. What strikes me at first glance are the credits for the Neuendorf house, both Pawson and Silvestrin (his minimalist first partner) claim it is their own creation and both do not acknowledge the others collaboration. It is time to clear this issue specialy with all the gossip involved in the book.
It is obvious that this is a book about John Pawson, but is it necesary to remind us every two lines? Dejan Sudjic, who has a good standing as an architectural critic, ran Domus for a long while etc. can't stop writting Pawson. This is a small book with huge blank spaces: there are not more than 5-6 words per line and Pawson written down every 5-6 lines .
The essays are by some known critics, artists, a neighbour, a step daughter. It is noteworthy to say that the most fresh and clear where done by the less architecturaly versed writers. The neighbour and step child are worth reading, the others are full of current architectural shop-talk, praise and triple adjectives.
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By frisk on 17 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I love Pawson work and loved this compact little book - all his best projects are examined and the essays by people who know him lend real insight. And the best bit about growing up in a Pawson house according to his step daughter?? Being able to skid the whole length of in in your socks of course...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
an excellent introduction to john pawson's minimalism 26 Oct. 2002
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Format: Hardcover
after reading that bruce chatwin had his london apartment designed by john pawson, i went looking for books on pawson's work, and found four. after studying them for a while, i chose this book. it is not the biggest, doesn't have the most pictures, and isn't the cheapest, but it does have beautiful balance. i tried unsuccessfully to wait until after work to look through it, but after a few hours i broke down and skimmed it. i am currently reading through it in detail, and i just love it.
it has a nice selection of buildings and projects, and with all the various opinions from a variety of different types of people, gives an unusual, but fascinating introduction which leaves me wanting to find out still more. the one regret i have about this book is that there are no pictures of chatwin's apartment, but then none of the others i looked at had them either. there are also a number of useful references to other architects strewn throughout the text, as well as an index to john pawson's body of work. highly recommended.
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