Minimum, Hardback


This extraordinary visual 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.

Now itself condensed, Minimum is available for the first time as a pocket edition.

This book, designed and compiled by the Minimalist architect John Pawson, captures the essential qualities of particular kinds of simplicity.

This is illustrated by architecture ranging from prehistoric Mexico and Ancient Egypt to the high Modernism of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe; art from the Dutch School to Donald Judd; the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe and Bill Brandt; and furniture and pottery.

With its broad spread across time and a wide geographical area, Minimum seeks to analyse the elements of simplicity and capture them in print.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 328 pages, 145 6-colour illustrations, 4 fold-outs
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Art & design styles: Minimalism
  • ISBN: 9780714838175



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