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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Presenting a wide range of images embodying the themes of reduction and of
clarity through austerity, Minimum draws inspiration from the same sources that
have shaped the designs and ideas of objects and buildings for millennia. The
book both embodies and presents a sequence of ideas that have influenced John
Pawson and other artists in their search for simplicity. Minimum is a visual
essay by a well-known architect, both expressing and embodying the ideas of
reduction, of simplicity, of austerity and of repetition. The pages reveal
stark but beautiful images of architecture and engineering, of ceramics and
furniture, of photography and works of art, from many periods and cultures,
that all combine to express the idea of simplicity. As the author explains in
his introduction, these ideas find expression in art and design and have their
beginnings in the realms of religious and philosophical convictions. The
austerity of a Cistercian monastery or the simplicity of a Zen garden are both
emanations of the same urge to reduce, to make clear, to unburden. Through a
sequence of carefully orchestrated pictures, this book clarifies the way in
which this mode of thinking has inspired the work of artists and architects
from Ancient Egypt to contemporary Japan. Minimum is a work of art in its own
right. Its design and production values help to reinforce the ideas of the
author, creating an extraordinarily beautiful and desirable book, now available
in a paperback edition that represents excellent value for money.