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Minimalist fathering?

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John Pawson vs David Chipperfield in the parenting stakes

Juggling being a successful architect and a family man is tough. If you are anything like John Pawson, as he explained to the Sunday Times Magazine, not only are you likely to subject your family to minimalist stone furniture, but you are also more likely to spend your evenings reading plans than reading fairytales to your children.

The Pawson home has even become an ‘in-joke’. One of Pawson’s sons recalls his friends’ surprise at the lack of comfy sofas, televisions and toasters. Instead, they have a ‘stone bench and a few chairs’. The famous minimalist keeps all televisions and toasters in cupboards.

Pawson’s wife, presumably fed up with all the late nights at the office, conversations about door handles, and spartan approach to displaying electrical equipment, has done the unthinkable: compared her husband to another architect. ‘David Chipperfield,’ she says, ‘has built more buildings than you and he plays with his children.’ Harsh. But possibly fair.   

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