Earlier today we posted on architect-designed flatware; the next step up: architect-designed dining tables, specifically, the minimalist designs of British architect John Pawson. In the US, the tables are available by commission from Matin in LA (presided over by Robert Odegard and his wife, Christina) and are stamped by number. "These are bespoke tables sought after by people looking for something unique and rare," Odegard says.
The tables are painstakingly created by master craftsman Jeff Jamieson, a sculptor who is based in the Californian central coast town of San Luis Obispo. Jamieson honed his craft working with Donald Judd for 14 years and still produces custom pieces for the Judd Foundation, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and for John Pawson (he also owns Compact, a San Luis Obispo art gallery). "My job is to disappear and let the design emerge," he says. "My craftsmanship should not be noticed."
For more information, go to Matin.
Above: A teak Pawson-designed table with benches; Pawson spent his pre-architectural years observing designer Shiro Kuramata at work in his Tokyo studio, where he learned "the value of discipline and poetry."
Above: A custom cantilevered Pawson table.
Above: A side view of the cantilevered table.
Above: Pawson specifies that each of his tables must be 28 inches high. "He prefers the scale and intimacy of a lower table," Jamieson says.
Above: The table is joined with a sleek metal bar.
Above: One of Pawson's round dining tables.
Above: A meticulously crafted table base.