Slumped glass, metallic orbs, 1970’s retro looking hanging lights, art deco inspired decor – this is the glorious world that Tom Dixon inhabits. He has come a long way from pottery and life study classes in the 70’s to being honoured with a medal for service to design at Buckingham Palace.
Today Tom Dixon’s creations are everywhere. you cannot open a design or interior publication without seeing his work from retro space age lights to furniture design to accessories, fragrances – the man seems set on taking over the world. What originally started in the UK has spread like wild fire to the US and the East.
A self taught talent, Mr D rose to prominence in the 80’s with a line in welded salvage furniture. He talks about his fascination with welding and how without it he may never have become a designer. From there he went on to design the super famous S Chair for Cappellini. What followed was “Jack” a polythylene “sitting, stacking, lighting thing”. In ’98 he was appointed head of design by Habitat and later became creative director there.
2002 saw the birth of his own brand under the name “Tom Dixon” – from there he has gone stratospheric. Creations for – Caeserstone, Adidas, McCann worldwide , Audi, Bombay Sapphire, Sony, Veuve Cliquot, restaurants and hotels around the world – always characterised by other worldly lighting installations along with genius furniture design. The most surprising collaboration may be that with St James Church in Clerkenwell Close where Dixon working with a very enlightened vicar transformed the church for Clerkenwell Design week “to make it available to the daytime residents of Clerkenwell – the creative workforce, and a place for the residential community to use as a resource.”
Locally, Tom Dixon ranges can be found at CREMA in Woodstock Cape Town. CREMA DESIGN
So Santa, if you’re listening, All I want for Christmas is a Magnificent Metallic Masterpiece from Mr Dixon.(just saying)
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