Friday, May 21, 2021

Home Farm Cooking

A very monastic-looking setup. From Architectural Digest:

The architect and designer behind high-profile projects like the recently-opened West Hollywood Edition and London’s Design Museum, John Pawson is known for his light, minimalist touch. Pale woods. Clean lines. Never an overstuffed sofa. And the new Cotswolds country house he shares with his interior designer wife, Catherine, is no different—as evidenced by their latest project, Home Farm Cooking (Phaidon). The book of 100 recipes—from gooseberry fool to venison pappardelle—showcases their rustic, restrained home, as well as the meals they make there.

 This isn’t John’s first foray into cookbooks. Twenty years ago, the architect collaborated with food writer Annie Bell on Living and Eating, a publication that combined his pared-back aesthetic with simple-to-make recipes. The 2001 title went on to become a cult classic, inspiring a second iteration. This time, it’s all about a project with Catherine, which celebrates the minimalist home (and kitchen, of course) they’ve created in the Cotswolds. “Twenty years on, we thought, now could be time to do a new one,” says Catherine on a call from their Cotswolds home. (Read more.)

From House and Garden:

There are three kitchens, one at each end of the 50 metre line-up, and the third in the converted hay wain guest house. None of them is immediately obvious. Everything - the batterie de cuisine, ice cream makers, juicers, the Magimix - are either hidden behind bi-fold doors that spring open at the touch of a fingertip, or housed in the pantry and larder. Everything is in triplicate. A first for Catherine. 'Extravagant, I know,' she says, 'but the kitchens are used all year round.'

The family spent the winter months inside the central farmhouse with its low ceilings and fireplace, then moved to the light and airy barn in the summer. A massive sash window, made in Germany with a raw stainless steel frame from Sweden, frames the view and connects the interiors to the outdoors. Spring recipes feature foraged fresh spring greens, wild garlic pesto, nettle risottos; summer marinades for seared meats and salad dressings for al fresco eating. Autumn is spent harvesting wild mushrooms and pumpkins, roasting nuts, pickling red cabbage, caramelising fennel, and making soups. Then Christmas, which Catherine admits is, 'the one time of the year when John indulges my desire for over decoration.'

Married to a world famous minimalist whose projects include a Benedictine monastery in Czechoslavakia, Calvin Klein’s flagship stores, and London’s Design Museum, Catherine’s decorative skills - honed at the Inchbald School of Design and at Colefax and Fowler - have generally been somewhat curbed. It is the first time in 32 years of marriage that John has ever countenanced curtains, even if they are plain white wool ones, and zooming in on their library reveals that in this house their books are no longer covered in fishmongers’ white marbled paper for uniformity. The Donald Judd sofa she bought, a signed and numbered work of art, is, 'madly comfortable, everyone piles into it,' John says approvingly. 'I think the whole thing with marriage is that it is much more important to be with someone you get on with, than someone who has architecturally the same taste.' (Read more.)


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