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JP Wine Glass

c. 2005

by John Pawson

The JP wine glass reflects designer John Pawson’s commit­ment to the disci­pline of paring away until what is left cannot be improved by further subtrac­tion. Avail­able in a set of 9, the wine glasses were initially designed espe­cially for the Cister­ian monastery Nový Dvůr in the Czech Repub­lic. The idea of creat­ing a set of essen­tial equip­ment for the monks’ refec­tory evolved into a collec­tion that includes a water glass and a carafe. These objects repre­sent 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.

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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