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Minimum (Paperback, New edition)

By Pawson, John

Presenting a wide range of images embodying the themes of reduction and of clarity through austerity, Minimum draws inspiration from the same sources that have shaped the designs and ideas of objects and buildings for millennia. The book both embodies and presents a sequence of i...deas that have influenced John Pawson and other artists in their search for simplicity. Minimum is a visual essay by a well-known architect, both expressing and embodying the ideas of reduction, of simplicity, of austerity and of repetition. The pages reveal stark but beautiful images of architecture and engineering, of ceramics and furniture, of photography and works of art, from many periods and cultures, that all combine to express the idea of simplicity. As the author explains in his introduction, these ideas find expression in art and design and have their beginnings in the realms of religious and philosophical convictions. The austerity of a Cistercian monastery or the simplicity of a Zen garden are both emanations of the same urge to reduce, to make clear, to unburden. Through a sequence of carefully orchestrated pictures, this book clarifies the way in which this mode of thinking has inspired the work of artists and architects from Ancient Egypt to contemporary Japan. Minimum is a work of art in its own right. Its design and production values help to reinforce the ideas of the author, creating an extraordinarily beautiful and desirable book, now available in a paperback edition that represents excellent value for money.
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ISBN 9780714843537
Released NZ 1 Jan 2006
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780714843537
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd
Imprint Phaidon Press Ltd
Released 1 Jan 2006
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Pawson, John
Category History Of Art & Design Styles: From C 1900 -
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 250mm
Height: 290mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 709.04
Weight 1,669g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Simplicity in art, Architecture, Modern, 20th century, Design
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text General/trade