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The Story of Tom Dixon

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The Story of Tom Dixon

Born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to England in 1963. He dropped out of the Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band “Funkapolitan” before teaching himself first to weld, then to produce furniture.

Tom Dixon started to really make a name for himself in the mid 1980s as “the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". one of his very first ventures was setting up ‘Space’ as a creative think-tank and shop front for himself and other young designers in the UK. By the late 1980s, he was working for the Italian giant Cappellini for whom he designed the Iconic ‘S’ chair.

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In the 1990s, he hit the mainstream masses with  ‘Jack’, his polyethylene "sitting, stacking, lighting thing" designed for his own company ‘Eurolounge’. In 1993 he participated in the ″greatest exhibition of British furniture design of the 20th century″, organized by Helmut Diez in Bremerhaven, Germany. In 1998 Tom was appointed head of design by Habitat and later became Creative Director until 2008. He was the public face of a collective team responsible for rejuvenating the Habitat brand.

In 2002 Dixon established his own brand under the name ‘Tom Dixon’. The company is based in Portobello, London. In 2004 Proventus, the Swedish-based private investment company, teamed up with Tom Dixon to establish Design Research, a design and product development holding company. The Tom Dixon brand launches new collections of lighting and furniture bi-annually at the Milan international furniture fair and at London Design Festival. In 2012 the company launched its first accessories range at Maison et Objet, Paris. The company’s products are sold internationally in 65 countries.

In 2007 Dixon launched Design Research Studio, an interior and architectural design studio. High-profile projects include Restaurant at The Royal Academy in London, Jamie Oliver’s London restaurant, Barbecoa as well as Shoreditch House. Most recently Design Research Studio announced their first ever hotel project, redesigning the iconic Thames-side Sea Containers House in collaboration with US hotel giant Morgans Hotel Group Completed summer 2014. In 2016, Dixon collaborated with Revolution Precrafted to design a prefabricated house named HOME.

The S-Chair

The S-Chair Tom Dixon is an eponymous piece by famed designer Tom Dixon in collaboration with furniture label Cappellini.

Jack - "sitting, stacking, lighting thing"

Jack is the original sitting, stacking, lighting thing, an award-winning multi-functional object that was one of Tom's first experiments with plastic.

Tom Dixon Melt Pendant

With Melt, Tom Dixon experiments in the technologically advanced field of vacuum metallisation takes on a new twist. Melt is translucent when on and mirror-finish when off.

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