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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, British archi­tect and designer, was born in 1949 in Halifax, York­shire. He attended school at Eton and after spend­ing some time at the family textile busi­ness Pawson set on his way to Japan in his mid-twen­ties. In Tokyo he visited the studios of Japan­ese archi­tect and designer Shiro Kura­mata and collected a lot of inspiration.

With the course of time John Pawson has achieved bound­less expe­ri­ences that have enabled him to face all sorts of envi­ron­ments of historic, land­scape and ecolog­i­cal impor­tance. His work has won him differ­ent awards includ­ing RIBA awards for the Sackler Cross­ing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Frate Sole Inter­na­tional Prize for Sacred Archi­tec­ture for the new Cister­cian monastery of Lady of Novy Dvur in Bohemia.

John Pawson

United Kingdom (1949)

After a single trip to Japan in his youth, John Pawson began on an inspired journey of minimalism in design that continues today. Much of his work as an architect in Britain has concentrated on private residences. Pawson enjoys the deep connection that comes with designing a home for a client. His work has also taken him down the road of creating spaces for Calvin Klein as well as the Design Museum in London. His aesthetic favors clear spaces, which he achieves through long swaths of stone and unadorned wood. His product designs are meant to complement his architectural work, the Abbey of Our Lady of Nový Dvůr in the Czech Republic.

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