John Pawson & Studio Areti

  • Designer Shot
  • Shelves
  • Light Switch
  • Coat Hooks
  • Shelves & door
  • hooks
  • hook close up
  • Door bell
  • John with Shelves

British designer, John Pawson, didn’t have a specific item in mind but did have a wish list for a home in the country he is currently designing.  Pawson opted to work with  sisters, Gwendolyn and Guillane Kershbaumer from Studio Areti.  

John was particularly interested in built-in items for a room such as light switches, plugs, doorknobs, doors and doorframes.’  These discussions led them to a family of pieces – a triangular shelf, a slated door and a hook. Inspired by the simplicity and intelligence of Pawson’s work, Studio Areti set out to achieve, ‘A design that is calming because of its simplicity and strength, yet at the same time stimulating because of its beauty and character.’

Designs that are minimal in intent require perfection of craftsmanship as there is no detailing or decoration to distract the eye. These seemingly simple designs had some real making challenges.

The door was initially conceived in solid oak but potential for shrinkage and movement made this impossible. Instead solid oak stiles and frames were skinned in thick oak veneer. The doorstops were tapered in two directions making them invisible when the door was shut but a delightful surprise when open. The tapering of the door meant that the locks and strike plates had to be modified.

The design of the shelves seemed like an exercise in improbability, appearing as minimal architectural objects balanced on a point. They are exquisite in their detailing – mitred edges with the grain running through solid American black walnut. 

The door handles and pegs are simply turned pieces.

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