john pawson - "less is more" Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

John Pawson (born 6 May 1949) is a British designer associated with the minimalist aesthetic. He was introduced to this minimal sensibility while living in Tokyo, returning to London in 1981 to establish his own firm.

I have always been fascinated by the refinement and reductionist approach of minimalism, as a counter balance to our complex and cluttered world.

Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features. Pawson is a contemporary purist in this search for the essential.

Prominent artists associated with this movement include Donald JuddJohn McLaughlinAgnes MartinDan FlavinRobert MorrisAnne Truitt, and Frank Stella. It is rooted in the reductive aspects of Modernism, and is often interpreted as a reaction against Abstract expressionism and a bridge to Postmodern art practices.

The terms have expanded to encompass a movement in music which features repetition and iteration, as in the compositions of La Monte YoungTerry RileySteve ReichPhilip Glass, and John Adams. Minimalist compositions are sometimes known as systems music. (See also Postminimalism)

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe adopted the motto "Less is more" to describe his aesthetic tactic of arranging the numerous necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity. Industrial designer Dieter Rams' motto, "Less but better" adapted from van der Rohe.