John Pawson presents a sleek bedroom collection for Tekla
John Pawson’s third collaboration with Tekla is inspired by the British designer’s family home in Oxfordshire. The new collection’s bed frame, bedding and textiles draw inspiration from the natural color palettes of his 17th-century homestead, Home Farm, encompassing simple, cleanly drawn forms in a minimalist approach to interiors.
“When designing furniture, the precedents that influence my thinking are mainly the work of Donald Judd and mid-century Danish designers such as Hans Wegner,” Pawson says of the new collection’s aesthetic. “I wanted to create a clean form that would work without compromise both as a bed and as a daybed. The simple hinged panel is the defining movement that adapts to this transformation.
The bed is crafted from oiled elm and sits on a low platform, its hinged headrest making it ideal for reading. The white bedding, made of 100% cotton, has a comfortable tactility, a result of its textured surface. A bedspread and cushion covers in 97% linen and 3% silk in soft hues naturally complete the set.
This is Pawson’s first time designing furniture for Tekla, following two previous partnerships that focused on blankets inspired by the lush countryside surrounding his home. In earthy reds and soft greys, they capture the changing of the seasons as reflected in the Cotswolds woodlands and landscapes. “All of my work stems from an attitude towards space, surface, proportion and light and the idea of achieving a state of simplicity through reduction,” says Pawson.
For the designer, the time seemed ripe to build on this history. “I like collaborations that go beyond a single project,” he adds. “Over time, trust is built, conversations grow richer, and the opportunity to advance ideas deepens.” §