Minimalism with John Pawson

Minimalism with John Pawson

8 September, 2020

It has been 6 years since Trestle, John Pawson’s first collection designed together with Viccarbe. The minimalist architect created a line where simplicity and small details prevail to provide warmth and functionality into any space. Trestle comprises a set of bench and table, designed under a modular system offering infinite possibilities. The series adapts to current times by offering the possibility of including an integrated electrification system.

Trestle Bench

Its sleek and pure lines enable the Trestle bench to adapt into any space. With multiple finishes and materials to choose from, the bench works wonderfully for home interiors, restaurants or waiting areas. Discover all the possibilities here.

Trestle Table

An infinite structure which adapts easily, ensuring armony and balance. With Pawsons usual elegance, Trestle table is appropriate for restaurant use, work spaces, offices and meeting rooms. Read about its specifications here


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Image: Trestle table and bench


Today we speak with the British architect. We want to discover more about that deep simplicity which determines his projects. In his work, Pawson raises multiple ways of addressing the fundamental issues of space, proportion and light, always following the ethos of “less is more”. 

In regards to Mediterranean design, what’s in it? Naturalness, diversity or closeness?

Mediterranean design encompasses a wide territory – from southern Europe, to north Africa and western Asia – and consequently has many expressions. What all these expressions have in common is a response to the quality of the light and to the rhythms of living associated with hot, dry summers and mild winters.

Does light, as a variable element, does it limit, or does it become a starting point for a project?

Light is the starting for all of my projects.

What is the most attractive value of Mediterranean design?

I love the way the architecture can allow you to feel alternately exhilarated by the brilliance of the light and relieved by the depth of the shadow. The emphasis on white walls, texture and natural materials makes perfect sense to me.

Are space and furniture capable of speaking the same language or do they simply try to understand each other?

In the way I think and work, there is no meaningful distinction between space and furniture. They are each parts of the same seamless composition.

Do you think collaboration is a priority for contemporary design?

All architecture is about dialogue – with the client, with the team, with the site, with the ideas… Bringing new parties into this practice of collaboration helps keep the thinking fresh.

How has your experience with Viccarbe been like?

The creative process is always intense, whether you’re designing a fork, a ballet set or an entire monastery. It’s critical to work with people who understand the importance of getting the details that will determine the physical character and spirit of a piece exactly right.  With Viccarbe I’ve loved watching the evolution of thoughts into furniture.

Read more interviews and follow our latest launches in the next edition of Viccarbe Mediterranean Magazine. Coming soon.