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Pawson House
Pawson House

Visual Inventory by John Pawson

A book to be published next month will showcase over 270 personal photographs from designer and architect John Pawson, who is currently working on the Design Museum’s new home in west London’s Commonwealth Institute. The typically minimalist-looking tome will, as the title suggests, provide a visual inventory of Pawson’s reference material, including places, buildings, landscapes, objects and social encounters; and highlighting his citation of ‘the three “fs” of architecture’- ‘finish, photograph, forget’.

Of the Bangkok image, Pawson says, ‘I was so preoccupied by the repeating grey grids here—the stacked metal containers, the stone step and the grille at the back of the van, which casts a secondary grid of shadow—that I didn’t even register the fire extinguisher, with its striking label.’

John Pawson, Bangkok
John Pawson, Bangkok

Visual Inventory is published by Phaidon priced £29.95 in March. Visit

all photographs: John Pawson

Lynda Benglis at Thomas Dane Gallery

Lynda Benglis, Self
Lynda Benglis, Self

Perhaps best known for her magazine advertisement in Artform in 1974, which showed her posing nude sporting a huge latex dildo, American artist Lynda Benglis has never been one to shy away from controversy.

The advertisement, which was to promote her upcoming exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery, was a satirisation of the ‘pin-up girls’ culture, and spoke of the artist’s feeling of under-representation within what she deemed to be a male-dominated artistic community.

In her new show at London’s Thomas Dane Gallery, Benglis is showing large pour and sculptural works from the 1960s, as well as smaller plinth and wall-based works.

Lynda Benglis runs until 17 March at Thomas Dane Gallery 11 Duke St  London SW1Y

Bespoked Bristol


Bike-lovers should head to Bristol next month for the second edition of handmade bicycle show Bespoked Bristol. The show features work from established and up-and-coming frame-builders from around the world, such as Mercian and Condor from the UK, Cinelli from Italy and Crisp and Independent Fabrication from the US. Custom framebuilders will be on hand to create your own bespoke frame – from steel, carbon fibre, wood, titanium or bamboo.

Bespoked Bristol is at Paintworks, Bristol, from 23-25 March. For more information visit

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