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April 19 2014

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Clean Lines

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It’s been 19 years since John Pawson (pictured, left) designed the Calvin Klein Madison Avenue store, and he still remembers the experience well. “I think you always learn something from clients,” said the architect, who, fittingly, was celebrating his new book A Visual Inventory with guests like Amanda Brooks and Nora Zehetner (pictured, right) in the shop last night. “Working with the company over the years has been a big influence,” Pawson said. “When I signed the book for Calvin, I also wrote thanking him for changing the way I viewed things.”

In many ways, Pawson’s clean, minimal aesthetic has aligned so well with the brand that it feels like a a natural extension. He still collaborates with the current designers Francisco Costa (womenswear) and Italo Zucchelli (menswear). “He has an amazing eye that’s so modern,” said Costa. “Actually it’s beyond modern; he’s somehow able to make it warm.” Speaking of warmth, Costa has been marrying his native Brazilian sensibilities with design these days. He recently completed a collection for Macy’s inspired by Brazil’s rich architecture culture. “It started with this photo of the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo that was sun-glazed and in a warm palette,” the designer said. The result is a collection that’s high on the sex factor but with interesting cuts. As for on-the-ground research, Costa affirmed, “Any time is a good time to visit Brazil.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

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