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JP Water Glass

by John Pawson

The origin of the JP Water Glass lies in the Cister­ian monastery in Bohemia designed by John Pawson. From the idea of creat­ing a set of essen­tial equip­ment for the monk’s refec­tory has evolved a collec­tion which repre­sents the elegant minimum for the contemporary table.

The origins of the collec­tion of objects lie in a new Cister­ian monastery in Bohemia, also designed by John Pawson. From the idea of creat­ing a set of essen­tial equip­ment for the monks’ refec­tory has evolved a collec­tion which repre­sents an elegant minimum for the contem­po­rary table. The forms are simple but power­ful, refined but sensu­ously lyrical, uniting rigor­ous atten­tion to details of scale, propor­tion, and fabri­ca­tion with a consum­mate mate­r­ial palette, as seen in the JP Carafe.

Pawson was born and brought up in Halifax, York­shire, the youngest of five chil­dren. Coming from a wealthy family, he was schooled at Eton. After a period in the family textile busi­ness Pawson left for Japan in his mid-twen­ties, moving to Tokyo during the final year of his stay, where he visited the studio of Japan­ese archi­tect and designer Shiro Kura­mata. On his return to England he enrolled at the Archi­tec­ture Asso­ci­a­tion in London, leaving to estab­lish his own prac­tice in 1981.

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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