When it comes to finding a symbol that sums up British Influence in interiors, it’s hard to think of anything more apt than the national flag of the United Kingdom, the Union Jack. As I’ll show here, it’s used in all kinds of ways and a wide variety of interior styles.

Hang the Flag

One of my favorite examples of incorporating the Union Jack in an interior. | japanesetrash.com

In this first image, photographer Michael Graydon shows the flag itself simply hung as part of the overall interior design of this space. This is perhaps my favorite usage of the symbol.

Frame the Flag

Bathroom with framed Union Jack. | japanesetrash.com

Framing the flag and hanging it is another option I like.

Paint Job

Bombe Chest painted with the Union Jack. | japanesetrash.com

There’s so much to love about a statement piece like this Bombe Chest.

Inspiration

Decor inspired by the Union Jack. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s a great example of using the Union Jack design in an upholstered piece and as the jumping off point for an entire room.

I’ve put together a bit of a Union Jack store for you so you can get moving on your own Union Jack inspired decor:

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Does it seem odd for a week devoted to British influence on interior design to kick off with a feature on famed minimalist John Pawson? Were you expecting Union Jacks, Chesterfields and “Keep Calm and Carry On”? Never fear, those are on their way as well; but when I was considering designers to feature this week, John Pawson was a given. Once you see these examples of his work, I think you’ll agree.

Pawson House

Minimalist kitchen by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House

Baron House by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House courtyard by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House living & kitchen by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House living room by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

With Baron House, in southern Sweden, Pawson reimagined and elevated traditional Swedish farm buildings into a compound of minimalist shelters surrounding a central courtyard. Using contrasting textures–rough cobblestones in the courtyard and smooth concrete floors inside, wood and upholstered furnishings, and concrete elements in the bathroom–the result is a feast for the senses.

Get the Wishbone Chair, used by John Pawson in the Baron House, here:

Montemaggio Estate

A Tuscan estate by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Montemaggio Estate's eat in kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

Montemaggio Estate by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Pawson infused his style into this Tuscan estate, keeping the existing structure–a former monestary–but “regularizing” the form via minor adjustments. Inside, you see minimalist forms executed using exquisite millwork and stone detail. Note the soft light emanating from beneath the floating stone hearth.

The table lamp there on the hearth is reminiscent of the PH 3/2 lamp; here’s the floor lamp version of that:

John Pawson Housewares

John Pawson cookware for Demeyere. | japanesetrash.com

Demeyere cookware. | japanesetrash.com

Tableware by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

When Objects Work | japanesetrash.com

Like many successful designers these days, John Pawson’s influence extends beyond architecture and interiors and into our everyday experiences of home. His tabletop and cookware designs help bring the masterful minimalist feeling of his spaces into your hands.

The Demeyere John Pawson Stainless Steel 6 Piece Cookware Set is available here:

Want to own a distinctive design by British minimalist John Pawson? The Demeyere John Pawson stainless steel cookware set is available here:

Books by John Pawson

Pawson has published a number of books on subjects from how photography inspires him as a designer to eating and entertaining. Here is a selection for you:

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