John Pawson Unveils Minimalist Furniture Collection With Dinesen

John Pawson Unveils Minimalist Furniture Collection With Dinesen

British architectural designer John Pawson first worked with Dinesen, Denmark’s leading manufacturer of handcrafted wooden flooring and products, over 30 years ago. The new Pawson Furniture Collection is a made-to-order celebration of the relationship that’s formed and the collaborations created since 1992. Projects during the interim have included everything from private homes to exhibitions and museums, even chapels.

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Modern armchairs with wooden frames and gray cushions placed on a woven rug next to a wooden table in a minimalist room.

One might say that the collection got its start back then, when Pawson was designing his own home in Notting Hill, London. Using Dinesen’s Douglas fir for the flooring, the planks were laid uncut in one single piece. Wood of a corresponding width was then used to create a table and stools. The successful commission budded into a friendship and business partnership that’s now lasted more than three decades.

Modern armchairs with wooden frames and gray cushions placed on a woven rug next to a wooden table in a minimalist room.

The forms of the Pawson Furniture Collection for Dinesen are based on the span of one of the brand’s floorboards and transformed into the Dining Series and complementary Lounge Series. Meanwhile, the collection distills the Danish word umage, meaning to go beyond what is expected or thought possible, as they expand and progress through the designs.

A minimalist beige armchair with wooden sides sits in a corner near a large window revealing a garden. The room has a neutral, sparse decor.

When I look at this new furniture collection for Dinesen, I see the essence of the thinking that has shaped my work since the beginning. Everything about these pieces is pared back to the logic and poetry of the wood. The dimensions of the timber determine the proportions of the forms, and then it’s all about the inherent sensory character of the material.

-John Pawson

A minimalist living room with wooden walls, exposed beams, a beige sofa, a low wooden coffee table, and a fireplace with a nearby basket. Large window on the left shows greenery outside.

Minimalist wooden kitchen with a long dining table, a bench, and a cubic stool under exposed ceiling beams. A teapot sits by the sink under angled lighting fixtures.

Included in the Dining Series, which was first drawn by Pawson in 1992, is a dining table, bench, and stool. It’s been updated with a shadow gap detail, but otherwise remains the same. Two boards make up the top and legs of the dining table, with the new shadow gap present, combining Douglas fir planks with an insert of Dinesen Oak. The bench and stool are made using a single Douglas fir board.

Spacious modern kitchen with wooden cabinetry, center island, benches, and hanging pendant lights. Beamed ceiling and large window present. An open door leads to an outdoor view.

A minimalist beige sofa with clean lines is placed against a wooden-paneled wall and a concrete floor.

The Lounge Series includes a solid Douglas wood lounge chair, coffee table, sofa, and daybed. Skilled cabinet makers in Denmark, who are local to Dinesen, build the wooden frames before upholstering them with Kvadrat textiles. The sides of the sofa and lounge chair expose the wood boards, with the cushions adding layered elements to each piece’s design. The daybed and coffee table are both shorter versions of the dining table.

A minimalist room with wooden walls, exposed beams, a beige sofa, a low, light wood coffee table, and a black wood-burning stove.

“He [Pawson] was the first to request our wood for a private home, and he wanted planks of the same width (450 mm). John Pawson has in many ways changed our relationship with the ‘plank’ from a restoration material for historic buildings to a design element in modern architecture,” Thomas Dinesen, fourth generation at Dinesen, says.

A close-up view of a beige fabric sofa with wooden armrests and back paneling, showcasing the texture and materials used in the furniture design.

A minimalist wooden daybed with a light gray cushion and a small headrest in front of wood-paneled walls.

A minimalist wooden daybed with a light gray cushion and a small headrest in front of wood-paneled walls.

A minimalist wooden daybed with a light gray cushion and a small headrest in front of wood-paneled walls.

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Close-up of a grey upholstered cushion with a rectangular bolster pillow on a light wooden daybed.

A minimalist dining area featuring a large wooden table with matching benches, under two ceiling pendant lights. The background includes a light brick wall and a high ceiling with wooden beams.

A wooden stool and table with visible wood grain patterns are placed on a smooth, gray floor.

A minimalist wooden table with a rectangular top, placed on a light grey concrete floor, against a stone brick wall background.

A wooden stool and table with visible wood grain patterns are placed on a smooth, gray floor.

Two wooden stools, one lighter and one darker, placed on a wooden floor against a wooden wall background.

A modern glass door with a view of trees reflected stands at the center of a stone building and a wood dining table and bench inside. The exterior has climbing plants and gravel ground in front.

Two men stand side by side in a forested area, one wearing a dark jacket over a sweater, the other in a green fleece jacket. A large tree trunk is visible in the background.

John Pawson + Thomas Dinesen \ Photo: Courtesy of Dinesen

To learn more about the Pawson Furniture Collection, visit dinesen.com.

Photography by Claus Troelsgaard.

Source: design-milk

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