Man of the moment John Pawson created this modern home in St Tropez as a beachside retreat with perfect symmetry.
The British designer – who recently transformed the Design Museum’s new HQ in Kensington, London – opted for a simple palette of stone and wood across the 5,166 sq ft bolthole. Its cubic geometry and tilted roof planes echo the local building vernacular while giving it a contemporary spin.
Simplicity reigns supreme in the house. This comes as no surprise from a designer with a long-held passion for minimalism. ‘I love clear spaces,’ he recently declared. ‘I love the absolute minimum. I find that pleasurable. I also get pleasure from things done nicely…’
Sight-lines have been carefully choreographed throughout the two-level property, steering the gaze out to the surrounding landscape. On the ground floor, the kitchen leads onto a double living room, which opens onto a cork-tree lined terrace with a swimming pool and views of the Bay of Canoubiers.
The modern home – for sale via Sotheby’s Realty (price on application) – in Parcs de Saint-Tropez is a stone’s throw from a private beach and close to the centre of town.