A new spectral range

‘Slowly the strata of decay have been meticulously removed. As structure, clarity and rhythm have been restored to the buildings, so the colour palette has quietened. By increments my eyes have adjusted to a new spectral range and seen how the shifting colour range reflects what is happening to the wider fabric of space as this is retuned and reordered. I have become acutely aware of how critical is the issue of how far to take the refining process. Stop prematurely and the visual field remains too complex and distracting; late and the colour becomes too uniform and flattens, losing its scope for richness and tonal nuance.’

From Spectrum by John Pawson, published Phaidon 2017


John Pawson