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Tom Dixon

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BIOGRAPHY

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon was born 1959 in Sfax, Tunisia; he grew up in Great Britain from the age of 4 years on.

As an autodidact he got into the design business.

When he was 20 years old, he organised events on the 'favolous' english party scene before creating his first objects at the age of 25, becoming one of the most talked-about avant-garde designers.

Far from having a predestination to be a designer, Tom wanted to be a musician. He was a professional musician from the age of 21 to 23. He recorded an album with the band "Funkapolitan" in Jimmy Hendrix's studio in New York. It was in 1982 when hip-hop and rap just started. They made it to No. 39 in the UK chart and had a few minutes on Top of the Pops.

During the same period he started to run rap clubs in the London club scene. Unfortunately a motorbike accident stopped him from playing bass guitar, which forced him to leave the band. Instead he spent more time working for various nightclubs doing promotional activities.

When Tom had the disco in Berkeley Squares they put on many different events including live welding on stage.

This got him back into the craft and design.

The visitors were mostly involved in photography or music and other creative industries and the requests for more designs increased quickly. The creative time took over and Tom decided to spend all of his time on that.

Very quickly, Tom became one of the most talked about avant-garde designers, always seen trying out new materials or applying industrial ideas to high-end design.

Initially Tom created Space in the 1980's and Eurolounge in 1992.

Space was a wholesale company with international business.

The more consumer friendly Eurolounge was started to make design and crafted industrialised artefacts more affordable. By using the technique of rotary moulding a range of products could be done cheaper but without loosing style. It is a widely recognised method, but was a complete new concept at the time. The company is still a part of what Tom is doing today.

The first object Eurolounge produced was the "Jack" light that has had enormous success worldwide. In addition to receiving a Millennium Mark in the UK, it has been exhibited in modern art museums around the world such as the Tate Modern in London, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the London Design Museum, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the MOMA in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Victorian & Albert Museum and the Vitra Museum in Basle.

In 1998 Tom was recruited as Head of UK Design at Habitat.

He joined while "Eurolounge" was being established. The position as gave him the opportunity to explore his creativity on a higher level. His ability to speak French gave him an advantage since Habitat often works across that border. In 1999 he was appointed International Head of Design at Habitat

Today, Tom still has the same philosophy as when he started.

Focus on new applications of traditional materials and forms. He is after all a craftsman more than anything else. Most of his works starts from an inspiration source and then transforms into possibilities of design.

Some of his most famous products include the S chair, birdlounger and the Pylon chair.

Tom received an OBE for service to the British design community in June 2000 and was appointed Creative Director at Habitat 2001.

He has designed objects and interiors for Terence Conran, Jean Paul Gaultier, Romeo Gigli, Ralph Lauren and Vivienne Westwood.

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Ball

Ball

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

Extended from our explorations with global manufacturing company TRUMPF, Ball is a giant pendant formed from 12 black anodised aluminium panels, punched, folded and assembled into shape. Measuri... More

Ball

Ball

Swarovski Crystal Palace / Tom Dixon

'Ball' by Tom Dixon for Swarovski Crystal Palace is an imposing and inspiring design that re-creates the perfect virtual sphere out of hundreds of crystals suspended on individual threads. " T... More

Beat Floor & Table Lights

Beat Floor & Table Lights

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

A 21st century classic, the Beat range has become synonymous with comtemporary styled spaces. Some overdue additions to the popular Beat family, inspired by the sculptural simplicity of traditional w... More

Beat Lights

Beat Lights

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

Beat lights Made from hand beaten brass using traditional, rapidly vanishing skills from Indian master craftsmen. Available in four designs - Fat, Wide, Stout & Tall Available in four finish... More

Bell

Bell

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

BELL FLOOR An exercise in reductionism – Bell is a dome suspended over a dome formed of chrome plated pressed steel. The hyper-polished, mirrored and reflective surface allows Bell to take on ... More

Bronze Copper Shade

Bronze Copper Shade

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

Bronze Copper Shade is  pendant light made from a polycarbonate sphere, which is vacuum metallised with pure copper interior and pure brass exterior to give a double colour effect. The Bronze C... More

Cell

Cell

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

CELL SHORT A light that mimics cellular growth which can be used in multiple, geometric configurations. Each Cell is made from layers of minutely etched, polished brass filtering light rays to thr... More

Cog

Cog

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

COG STACK, CONE & DOME COG Stack pendant is machined from blocks of brass-plated solid aluminium meticulously assembled. Brings the rugged beauty of the engineering workshop into the home. ... More

Copper Pendant

Copper Pendant

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

The familiar sphere gets squashed then stretched to create a new pair of complimentary forms in the trademark mirrored copper, allowing new clusters to be formed, lower ceilings to be illuminated or n... More

Copper Shades

Copper Shades

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

Plastic polycarbonate shade with internally coated copper finish. Includes 250cm clear cable with black ceiling rose. Shade dimensions available - 25cm diameter shade 45cm diameter shade   More

Curve

Curve

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

Is it a satellite, or is it an Art Deco sculpture? Neither actually. It is a new curved geometrical light that pushes the boundaries of thin sheet etched metal fabrication. With its microscopic p... More

Drum Stool

Drum Stool

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

Drum is a space-age, super-stool characterised by its bold geometry. Available upholstered in a wide range of fabrics, the compact and symmetrical shape makes Drum a mobile and adaptable, go-an... More

Etch

Etch

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

An acid etched pendant light inspired by the logic of pure mathematics. Etch Light is made up of 0.4mm digitally etched brass sheets. The detailed pattern creates a mass of intricate shadows ... More

Etch Web

Etch Web

Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon

Etch  Web is a vast 65cm wide shade with an unusual open structure, designed to cast atmospheric angular shadows when lit. Another experiment in our long running exploration of mathematics and g... More

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