Ellipse Pestle & Mortar

The two pieces which make up this set are each formed from a single, seamless block of Bianco Carrara stone, quarried not far from Salvatori’s Tuscan workshop. The wide, smooth-edged vessel perfectly cradles the exquisitely simple pestle, whose shape was achieved through Pawson’s rigorous approach to the simplicity of form, materiality, function, geometry and proportion.

The ELLIPSE collection is a family of vessels and utensils for the home designed by long-time Salvatori collaborator John Pawson. Sharing a geometry and materiality – each piece is shaped from a continuous piece of Bianco Carrara marble – the collection is typical of Pawson’s expressive, minimal style: the simple forms of the vessels evoking a sense of calm and a spirituality.

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Mortar: 14cm Dia, Pestle: 4cm Dia x 14cm
Bianco Carrara Marble
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John Pawson

John Pawson

John Pawson has spent over thirty years making rigorously simple architecture that speaks of the fundamentals but is also modest in character. His body of work spans a broad range of scales and typologies, from private houses, sacred commissions, galleries, museums, hotels, ballet sets, yacht interiors and a bridge across a lake.

As Alvar Aalto’s bronze door handle has been characterized as the ‘handshake of a building’, so a sense of engaging with the essence of a philosophy of space through everything the eye sees or the hand touches is a defining aspect of Pawson’s work. His method is to approach buildings and design commissions in precisely the same manner, on the basis that ‘it’s all architecture’.

Whether at the scale of a monastery, a house, a saucepan or a ballet, everything is traceable back to a consistent set of preoccupations with mass, volume, surface, proportion, junction, geometry, repetition, light and ritual. In this way, even something as modest as a fork can become a vehicle for much broader ideas about how we live and what we value.

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