John Pawson

London, United Kingdom

British architectural designer John Pawson was born in 1949 in Halifax, Yorkshire. In his mid-twenties, he left his family’s successful textile business to travel to Japan to teach English. A visit to the Tokyo studio of celebrated Japanese architect and designer Shiro Kuramata marked the beginning of a new path for Pawson. He opened his own practice in 1981, designing minimalist spaces that follow a consistent range of concepts regarding volume, mass, proportion, light, geometry, and surface. The studio’s work includes an array of typologies, from private homes for influential cultural figures to a new Cistercian monastery in Bohemia, Calvin Klein’s flagship store in Manhattan, or London’s new Design Museum.

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