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John Pawson: An Architect’s Inspirations

To mark the launch of his new book Spectrum and to celebrate the Design Museum’s first anniversary at its new home in Kensington, the award-winning designer John Pawson will be discussing his architectural inspirations.

What to expect

Pawson has dedicated his career to exploring and challenging contemporary architectural practices. Celebrated for his minimalist aesthetic, his work is known for its simplicity in form and primarily white colour palette. Yet, his photography tells another story, one of endless colour. Taking the reader on a multi-coloured journey across the world, through a carefully curated sequence of images, Spectrum highlights the patterns, details, textures, and spatial arrangements that can inspire Pawson’s work. Taken on a digital camera or an iPhone, each photograph represents either a fragment of narrative from individual projects, far-flung travels or a moment that caught his eye in the course of an ordinary day.

This exclusive talk will amaze even devoted fans of Pawson and his acclaimed architectural portfolio.

Spectrum by John Pawson is published by Phaidon (13 November 2017)

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Adult: £10
Student/ concession: £7.50

Spectrum by John Pawson, published by Phaidon (13 November 2017 )

Notting Hill | Image courtesy of John Pawson

Palma | Image courtesy of John Pawson

Chiyoda | Image courtesy of John Pawson

Kensington, London | Image courtesy of John Pawson


John Pawson

John Pawson is an award-winning designer. His work spans a range of scales and typologies, including private houses, sacred commissions, galleries, museums, hotels, ballet sets, yacht interiors and a bridge across a lake.

Emilia Terragni

Emilia Terragni is Publisher for Architecture, Design and Food titles at Phaidon Press - the world’s premier publisher of books on the visual arts. She worked previously as a Curator at the Barragan Foundation at the Vitra Design Museum, and studied at the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia in Italy.


Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic is the Director of the Design Museum in London. His career has spanned journalism, teaching and writing. Deyan was director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture 1999 and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Deyan has published many books on design and architecture and was made an OBE in 2000.