Dezeen podcast: in this podcast British architect John Pawson recounts how he began his career, his only use of colour in an interior and talks us through his exhibition Plain Space, which opened yesterday at the Design Museum in London.
The exhibition presents an overview of Pawson's career since the early 1980s through photography, models and material samples, and also includes a full-scale architectural space to be entered and experienced by visitors.
The exhibition is on display until 30 January 2011.
Tomorrow, Friday 24 September, the exhibition is open until 10pm with tickets only £5 in advance.
Photos are by Luke Hayes.
Here's more info from the Design Museum:
Plain Space 22 September 2010 – 30 January 2011
This autumn, the Design Museum presents a major exhibition on John Pawson. Often labelled a ‘minimalist’, he is known for his rigorous process of design. By reducing and editing he creates architecture and product designs of visual clarity, simplicity and grace.
Plain Space celebrates Pawson’s career from the early 1980s to date and includes a selection of landmark commissions including the Sackler Crossing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the new Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in the Czech Republic and Calvin Klein’s iconic flagship store in New York, as well as current and future projects.
At the heart of the exhibition is a site-specific, full-sized space designed by Pawson to offer a direct and immersive experience of his work. This is the first time the Design Museum has realised a 1:1 scale architectural installation inside the museum.
Using a rich range of media the exhibition will explore projects from Pawson’s career. Specially commissioned, large-scale photography will look at his architecture in the landscape. Actual architectural elements in stone, bronze, wood and metal taken from a range of buildings including the Baron House in Sweden and Pawson’s own house in London will explore his sensitive use of materials.
The process of design and construction will also be shown through photography, film, sketches, study models, prototypes and interviews relating to a number of projects including a private home in Treviso, Italy currently under construction. Personal items from the Pawson archive will also be on display including letters from Karl Lagerfeld and the writer Bruce Chatwin.
A new book, John Pawson Plain Space, written by Alison Morris, will be published by Phaidon Press to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.
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