John Pawson moved, after a period in the family clothing business, to Japan, spending several years teaching English at the business University of Nagoya. Towards the end of his time there he moved to Tokyo, where he visited the studio of Japanese architect and designer Shiro Kuramata. On his return to England, he enrolled at the architectural association of architecture in London after which he established his own practice in 1981. John Pawson is closely identified with the search for simplicity that has been characterised as minimalism. His designs explore fundamentals – space, light and materials – and avoids stylistic mannerisms.