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Over the past four years, I’ve posted only a few images of the quintessential British furniture piece, the Chesterfield Sofa, but each one is worth revisiting because each one — and each interior style shown — is different in some way. And that sort of tells the tale of the Chesterfield in a nutshell: it’s the “goes anywhere” ubiquitous item. Let’s take a look:

Rustic Industrial

Leather Chesterfield in a rustic industrial setting. | japanesetrash.com

The  rough and smooth textures in this rustic industrial space, along with all the brown tones, combine to be the perfect setting for a Chesterfield. This one is skirted and has a tight tufted seat.

Contemporary

A fire and a Chesterfield; meant for each other. | japanesetrash.com

What’s cozier than a Chesterfield by the fire? This sofa, with exposed caster legs and three loose seat cushions, looks perfectly at home in this contemporary decor.

Brutalist

A red Chesterfield adds life to this awesome Brutalist interior. | japanesetrash.com

A terrific red Chesterfield looks right at home in this amazing Brazilian Brutalist space.

Ready to get your own Chesterfield sofa but not sure where to look? The only place I would turn to would be Roger+Chris; their Higgins Chesterfield can be ordered in literally hundreds of configurations. Here are a few of my favorites:

Higgins Chesterfield from Roger+Chris in traditional brown leather. | japanesetrash.com

Higgins Chesterfield from Roger+Chris in camo. | japanesetrash.com

Red leather sectional Higgins Chesterfield from Roger+Chris. | japanesetrash

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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