Ask for the Minimum

Highly sought-after bible of the Minimalist aesthetic, Minimum is a visual essay that explores the notion of minimum as applied to architecture, art and design. Compiled by the Minimalist architect John Pawson, Minimum captures the essential qualities of buildings and objects that have been reduced to their bare essentials. It includes images as diverse as buildings from prehistoric Mexico to Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, art by Donald Judd, photography, furniture and pottery

The essay explores the notion of ‘minimum’, a concept that is rooted in the pursuit of simplicity, as applied to architecture, art and design; it is the quality that a building or object possesses when every component, every detail and every junction has been reduced or condensed to its essentials. The book captures the essential qualities of particular kinds of simplicity. With its broad spread across time and a wide geographical area, Minimum seeks to analyse the elements of simplicity and capture them in print.

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