John Pawson unveils pared-back furniture that is "all about the timber"

British designer John Pawson has created a collection of bespoke wooden furniture for Danish manufacturer and long-term collaborator Dinesen.

Named the Pawson Furniture Collection, the pieces are each based on the span of a timber board. It marks 30-years of collaboration between Pawson and Dinesen and draws on their original furniture collection created in 1992.

Pawson has designed a collection of bespoke wooden furniture

“This collection is all about the timber,” John Pawson told Dezeen.”Everything is stripped back to the logic and poetry of the wood.”

“It made sense for the dimensions of the timber to determine the proportions of the forms,” he added. “The outcome is pieces that have an inherent quality of clarity, rhythm and repetition.”

Sofa and coffee table within bespoke furniture range
Each furniture piece is based on the span of a Dinesen floorboard

The collection contains two sets of furniture the recently released Lounge Series and an update to the Dining Series.

A lounge chair, coffee table, sofa and daybed each made from Douglas fir and crafted by local makers in Denmark, make up the Lounge Series.

The sofa and armchair have exposed wooden boards on their sides and rear, while upholstery and layered cushions from Danish textile company Kvadrat line the seats. A daybed and coffee table are similarly composed of Douglas fir tops and legs – with the daybed also complete with layered cushions.

“I wanted the upholstered elements to replicate the linear character and attenuated proportions of the timber so that they feel authentically part of a single composition,” Pawson explained.

“Rather than single thick seat cushions, the required depth of softness is created from a succession of separate layers, each based on the thickness of the adjacent wood.”

Sofa within furniture collection by John Pawson and Dinesen
The chairs and sofas are upholstered with textiles

The Dining Series, which includes a table, bench and stool made from oak and Douglas fir planks, has been subtly updated to include a shadow gap detail for the new collection.

The pared-back dining table is composed of two Douglas fir boards that form the top and legs, and is complemented by a slim piece of oak inserted into the shadow gap.

Completing the series are cube-shaped stools and longer benches made from a single Douglas fir board and a central spine. The bench was designed to nestle beneath the dining table.

Daybed featured within bespoke furniture range
The daybed was conceived as a lower version of the dining table

Pawson is best known for his architectural projects as well as his minimalist aesthetic. In recent years, he has designed a pair of luxury limestone villas in Ibiza and stripped back an 18th-century church to celebrate its original features in London.

Other recently launched furniture collections featured on Dezeen include a series of sculptural silicone seats informed by scrap materials and sofas designed with a recyclable system made from cork and latex.

The photography is by Claus Troelsgaard.

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