English architect John Pawson made his Royal Ballet debut in 2006, creating the designs for Wayne McGregor’s Chroma.
Pawson was born in Yorkshire and spent several years working in Japan before returning to London to train at the Architecture Association. He established his own practice in 1981. His work focuses on ways of ‘approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials’ – themes he also explored in his book Minimum (1996). His projects range from homes for the writer Bruce Chatwin, opera director Pierre Audi and collector Doris Lockhart Saatchi to art galleries in London, Dublin and New York; from Calvin Klein’s flagship store in Manhattan and airport lounges for Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong to the new Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Nový Dvur in Bohemia and the Sackler Crossing, a walkway over the lake at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Pawson is involved in the transformation of the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington into a new permanent home for the Design Museum.
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