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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714863505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714863504
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A Visual Inventory [...] is both a pleasure and an inspiration ... Pawson's snapshots of buildings and places that have inspired him, whether through the play of light on brickwork or details of floorboards in a Swedish church hall, cut to the essence of architectural beauty”
Jonathan Glancey, Guardian.co.uk

“beautiful … surprisingly eclectic … an illuminating insight”
Julia Llewellyn Smith, Sunday Telegraph, Seven magazine

“From surface textures to architectural details and natural landscapes, his shots are wonderfully immediate, and each includes an illuminating caption written by Pawson himself”
Amy Bradford, Elle Decoration

"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

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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Anyone who loves the twin worlds of architecture and photography should consider this book, John has amassed a collection of photographs which are a visual delight, with explanatory text to add another dimension. With a mix of the natural and built environment, his architects "seeing eye" reveals delights in simple details, textures, light plays, with modern and historic structures illustrated in a fabulous way.

Another Phaidon classic, with a uniform page layout adding a continuity, and at the Amazon price a real bargain with 300 pages of treats to view, a book I will treasure and recommend wholeheartedly.
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Interesting for anyone who is interested in the work of John Pawson.
You can smell in this book the architectural vision of JP (which is stunning).
This is not an architecture book in the usual way, but you will learn a lot!
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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
John Pawson is a minimalist architect, who has also generated a series of books, by and about himself. Personally I am not a huge fan of his architecture, he comes across as rather humourless, but thoughtful and intelligent.

This is a series of 272 digital images, arranged in pairs, each with a short para of commentary. They are all of a monastic simplicity and a few themes do recur throughout. There is some introductory commentary, but you could quite easily read this book in an afternoon. Its value to you will therefore depend on whether the images and insights are of lasting value for you.

Generally these photos are 'one liners' it is fairly obvious what they are of, a detail or texture that caught his eye. But with the text they are intriguing and they encourage you to look more closely at the world around you. This is a chance to spend time looking through the lens of someone who has spent a lifetime paring away details to a monastic simplicity and finding the most compelling of the most simple. These photos are taken from an archive of a quarter million photos.

The book is well produced, the paper more matt, less glossy than I expected, and at times the images are not quite large enough to pick up on some of the details described in the accompanying para, for example the glittering ice on the contents of a skip. There is also an endearing ad hoc-ness about them. He apologises that a car spoils one shot, and points out someone moving a horse in another. There is also an intriguing Harry Worth moment on page 60.

Have a browse, if you like the excerpts then you will probably like the book, I certainly enjoyed it, but could not say it is for everyone. This is an intriguing idea, and it would be nice to see more everyone producing their own photographic inventories.
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amazing collection of imagery with loads of visual comparisons. nice paper quality.good follow up on Minimum. a typical Pawson production
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A really good choice and a very good book! I would definitely recommend it to the lovers of that work.
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