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JP Bowl

by John Pawson

John Pawson has designed a bowl as a perfect seam­less hemi­sphere, refrain­ing from the use of flat­ness in the base in order to preserve the integrity of the profile’s smooth curve, the JP Bowl. Filled with sand, the Bronze Bowl rests steadily on a surface, arous­ing curios­ity in its audi­ence with all inner-work­ings delib­er­ately hidden from plain sight. Pawson has combined a tradi­tional mate­r­ial, bronze, and a minimal shape – the combi­na­tion of which makes for perfect use in contem­po­rary spaces. Part of the Belgian atelier, when objects work’s inau­gural collec­tion by Pawson, titled 5 Objects,” is a container based on a basic geomet­ric shape where each piece explores the inter­ac­tion between mate­r­ial and form.

John Pawson

United Kingdom (1949)

Few designers have done more with less than John Pawson. A simple expanse of stone, a careful application of glazing—Pawson has spent almost four decades utilizing the tenets of minimalism to create thoughtful spaces to think. Born in Halifax in 1949, Pawson studied both at Eton and at his family’s textile mill before a teaching trip to Japan introduced him to that country’s architectural and aesthetic traditions. After returning to London to study at the Architectural Association, he formed his own practice in 1981. Since then, he’s merged the spiritual and the substantive, devising innovative architectural solutions to the problems of scale and light.

Pawson’s first masterpiece redefined retail. Completed in 1995, his Madison Avenue flagship for Calvin Klein transformed an Art Deco bank into a temple of York stone and glass, with more room for contemplation than shopping. Similar restraint defined his subsequent Catha Pacific lounge in Hong Kong and 2015 London flagship for Christopher Kane. While Pawson has applied his clear-eyed gaze to the theatrical, crafting ballet sets for the L’Opéra Bastille in Paris and London’s Royal Opera House, he’s most at home in residential projects, whether for the jet-set clientele at Ian Schrager’s projects from Hollywood to Miami Beach or Cistercian Monks at the Abbey of Our Lady of Nový Dvůr in Bohemia. Since even the sparest space must be filled with functional objects, in 2013 Pawson designed the inaugural collection of tableware and home accessories for Beatrice de Lafontaine’s When Objects Work, a collaboration which continues to this day. And after publishing seven books with Phaidon, Pawson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2019.

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