The w223 Pawson is a modern table lamp that impresses with its minimalist aesthetics. Designed by John Pawson for the Swedish manufacturer Wästberg, the table lamp combines a restrained design language with functional beauty. The small, sculptural lamp is made of either matt aluminum or solid marble. The design is the result of a unique concept in which curved and linear elements merge into a calm volume.
The downward-directed light of the aluminum version is reflected by a hollow, shiny inner surface, creating an interesting interplay between shadows and reflections. The ultra-matt exterior contrasts pleasantly with the interior of the luminaire. The second version is made of solid, translucent marble from Marsotto – a renowned Italian stone manufacturer.
In this version, the illuminated marble creates a gentle shimmer and thus provides atmospheric, soft light. The cut-outs in the luminaire not only serve aesthetic purposes, but also fulfill practical functions: They create space for the cables and help to guide the light.
John Pawson was born in 1949 in Yorkshire in northern England. He has created a diverse range of designs characterized by simplicity and a focus on the essentials over three decades. From private homes and religious commissions to museum and hotel designs, his designs always emphasize the minimalist. The examination of the essence of space and its atmosphere is a central aspect of his work.
The w223 Pawson embodies this minimalist approach with a clear design language. It maintains expressiveness while emphasizing essentials.
Aesence is an independent art and design publication dedicated to minimalist aesthetics. Founded out of a deep appreciation and fascination, Aesence aims to promote awareness and appreciation of minimalism in art and design.