"There was a time when I experienced architecture without thinking about it. Sometimes I can almost feel a particular door handle in my hand, a piece of metal shaped like the back of a spoon. I used to take hold of it when I went into my aunt’s garden. That door handle still seems to me like a special sign of entry into a world of different moods and smells. I remember the sound of the gravel under my feet, the soft gleam of the waxed oak staircase, I can hear the heavy front door closing behind me as I walk along the dark corridor and enter the kitchen, the only really brightly lit room in the house." - Peter Zumthor
'Kitchen System' by John Pawson for Obumex Belgium,1995 – 1996. “The challenge with the Obumex commission was to bring the same principles and discipline that would be applied to a building to the design of a kitchen. More like furniture than conventional kitchen components, this flexible kit of pieces can be configured to create atmospheric contexts where a range of domestic activities feels comfortable and appropriate. The system encompasses worktop, sink, hob, storage and a system for housing appliances, each element designed so that can be set against a wall or for freestanding use. The worktop is a key move: a generous horizontal gesture that draws a clear visual distinction between the surface and what goes below.”
Located in Schlipsheim, a small traditional village in the southern German state of Bavaria, the unconventionally shaped Haus Lux was designed by architect Manfred Lux for his own family. In an area where convention and homogeneity in architecture is the norm, Lux managed to sway the 25 local politicians into giving him approval to build a house that is a firm departure from the area’s more customary designs, by explaining the importance of this energy-saving design. Photos: Jens Weber.
The Ilse Sofa by Studioilse is made by historic British furniture makers George Smith. “The height and depth of the seat, arms and back have each been calculated and tested to ensure that the sofa supports as many sedentary habits as modern life contains. We like to think of it as a room within a room. The Ilse Sofa is shown here upholstered in Maharam’s extreme mohair chosen for a particularly tactile experience.”
Dion Lee Site 02 by Akin Creative.
'L’Anatomie de la Sensation', Opéra Bastille, Paris 2011. Set design by John Pawson. Photos: Richard Davies