Whilst British designer Tom Dixon is renowned for his lighting and furniture collections, his more recent business – Design Research Studio – has been quietly making waves. It specialises in high concept interiors, large scale installations and architectural design and has worked on projects such as the Mondrian London, Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant and the Metropolitan Wharf. This studio is now behind a new flagship residential project in London.
Greenwich Peninsula has being earmarked as London’s future luxury enclave and in a unique decision, just one developer, Knight Dragon, is in charge of building the entire 200 acre Peninsula. Whilst the project won’t be completed for another 25 years, the No. 2 at Upper Riverside apartment building will be one of the first projects to reach completion. Its 35 ‘limited-edition’ apartments are already for sale and are expected to be ready for occupancy in 2018.
Designed by SOM architects (Skidmore Owings & Merrill) and Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, these apartments comprise a series of double-height lofts, studios and three penthouses measuring a huge 2,485 square feet excluding terrace areas. Within each of these spaces will be a bespoke Tom Dixon kitchen with custom-designed enamel splash-backs and copper kitchen cabinetry. However, there is also a reference to historic London, with the bathroom tiles referencing traditional glazed London brick.
Take a look:
Image from here.
Above: A cluster of Etch Shades at McCann Erickson Offices.
British lighting, furniture and accessories designer, Tom Dixon, aims to ‘illuminate and furnish the future’. In his own words, he is ‘obsessed with honest materials and a commitment to innovative design’.
The designer took out Paris’ prestigious Maison & Object ‘Designer of the Year 2014’ gong. The show is a reference event for the interior design industry and held twice yearly in Paris, and from March 2014, also in Singapore.
Born in Tunisia, Tom moved to England in 1963. He dropped out of Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band ‘Funkapolitan’ before teaching himself welding and going on to produce furniture.
He later set up ‘Space’ as a creative think-tank and shop front for himself and other young designers, worked for the Italian giant Cappellini, set up his own company ‘Eurolounge’, was appointed Head of Design by Habitat in 1998 and later became Creative Director of the company.
Since setting up his own eponymous design company in 2002, Tom’s work became even more prominent. The Tom Dixon brand gave him a platform to produce iconic designs such as the Mirror Ball, Copper Shade, Wingback chair and Beat Light (pictured below).
Tom’s work has been acquired by the world’s most famous museums and are now in permanent collections across the globe including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Museums of Modern Art New York and Tokyo and Centre Beaubourg (Pompidou). Take a look at his unique designs below.
Beat Lights and Slab Chairs, both by Tom Dixon
Cast Jack and Scent London.
Beat Light Tall.
A cluster of geometric Etch Shades.
Cast Jack and Scent Royalty.
In Situ: The Dock Kitchen
The Copper Shade.
The Beat Light.
Central Park. Uses Tom Dixon Blow Light Copper.
Beat Light, by Tom Dixon.
Milan Design week was April 9 – 14 this year. Milan’s Design week is one of the busiest on the design calendar.
It features installations from builders, architects, designers, as well as fashion and technology brands. The exceptionally curated installations are displayed in historic and industrial locations throughout the city.
Some of the featured designers this year included Kohler, Tom Dixon’s restaurant and showroom the Manzoni, Raf Simons’ collaboration with Kvadrat, London based fashion brand COS, Note Design Studio, and Pleasure & Treasure by Advantage Austria.
The installations impressed and were nothing short of spectacular.
Take a look below at some of our favourite images from this years Design week.
Innovation, colour and play are at the heart of this month’s global design wrap. New releases, new materials and new concepts take centre-stage as we look around the world at the best and latest in design. From precious phone covers, to quirky pop up markets – take a look…
This year’s Maison et Objet saw a host of additions to legendary designer Tom Dixon’s limited edition textile range: SUPER TEXTURE. New weaves, patterns and colours were introduced via three new categories: ‘ABSTRACT’, ‘PAINT’ and ‘GEO’, while new designs were added to the ‘SOFT’ and ‘BOUCLE’ ranges. In particular, the PAINT range grabs our attention with its abstract watercolour designs created by Josephine Ortega and inspired by “scenes of British urbanism”.
Images above from here.
Granite, quartz and marble are popular choices for luxury home finishes, but have you ever considered protecting your phone with these ‘rock solid’ materials? Well now you can. Roxxlyn has replaced the typical plastic and rubber phone cases with quarried minerals as old as 350 million years. Now your phone cover can be as precious as the data it protects.
Images above from here.
Bisazza launched its 2018 Collection with new Mosaics, Wood, Ceramics and Cementiles designs, including a collection dedicated entirely to pools and centered around floral designs to contemporary abstracts. Highlights include new designs for the Cementiles flooring collection by American architect and set designer David Rockwell, and nature-inspired mosaic décors by Australian designer Greg Natale. One of our favourites in this year’s collection is the Onde 20 Blu, which was created using an original design by Emilio Pucci (pictured last in the series of images below).
Images above from here.
He is one of the world’s most-loved entertainers, but he keeps his private life just that: private.
So we’re more than a little excited to catch a glimpse inside Ricky Martin’s new Beverly Hills home.
The pop star moved into the 3,000-square-foot home with his fiancé Jwan Yosef and their nine-year-old twins Matteo and Valentino just a few weeks ago.
Worth $13.5M, the seven-bedroom mansion feels warm, private and creative with strong mid-century influences. That’s no surprise, as the home was designed by acclaimed architect Gregory Ain in 1953.
Working with Nate Berkus on the interiors, the couple’s priorities were comfort and practicality.
With their sons growing up ‘on the road’, the move into this home marks a change in pace for the family.
A few stand-out pieces are the custom concrete table by James de Wulf in the dining room, the leather daybed by BassamFellows, the artwork by Kerry Skarbakka that hangs above the bed and copper pendants that bookmark it by the legendary Tom Dixon.
Take a look inside…
Skip the frantic present buying this year and stock up on quirky and beautifully designed goodies. We have found the most stylish gift ideas that even the hardest people to buy for will love. Take a look…
1.For the stylish puzzle lover: Brass Puzzle from The Cool Hunter
Comprised of six notched brass bars to create a unified ‘jack’ shape, this Brass Puzzle interlocks in only one way. Let your puzzle loving family member or friend take this apart, then try to figure out how to put it back together. It doubles as a paperweight and sculpture too!
2. For the stylish bookworm: Kristina Dam Studio Book End Sculpture
Let that book lover organise their collection in style with these marble bookends by Danish design house, Kristina Dam Studio. Both a sculpture and a bookend, these marble pieces play with shape and repetition.
3. For the stylish furry friend: Tiffany & Co collars
Who said your pet can’t look as stylish as you? Tiffany & Co have the solution, with pet accessories crafted from Italian leather and finished with custom hardware for a luxurious look and feel. You might just want to ensure you have it engraved on the back with your address, as the front has the brand’s signature inscription: “If found, please return to Tiffany & Co, New York.”
Cook in style with a gift pack by the giants of the pasta world, Di Martino. They have collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana to create a fresh new look for their brand, celebrating the colours, symbols and monuments of Italy. The limited edition gift packs are a ‘postcard from Italy’ with 5 of the new-look packs of pasta and an apron designed by Dolce & Gabbana.
For a home fragrance that not only smells great, but looks stunning too, we love the new ‘Materialism’ range from Tom Dixon. Choose from ‘Alloy’ – gravity cast aluminium vessels, ‘Oil’ – glass vessels, mouth blown into a metal mould and painted with an iridescent finish, ‘Quartz’ – glass vessels that are pulled, pressed and stretched in unexpectedly complex shapes, and ‘Stone’ – marble vessels turned and polished to create a smooth, even finish.
‘Kaleidoscopic’ seems a fitting word to describe the home of actor and singer Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, film producer Susan Downey.
You know this isn’t going to be your traditional Hamptons home right from the start, with the larger than life praying-mantis sculpture by Andrius Petkus greeting you in the front yard.
Then there’s the exterior of the home itself: a late–19th century windmill, originally built for show and later converted into a functional residence.
So what inspired the decision behind this far from normal home?
The Downeys told Architectural Digest they didn’t want something they had seen “a million times”:
We didn’t set out to do something conspicuously wacky. We just enjoy a bit of whimsy and fun. And we definitely don’t like boring.
Boring it’s certainly not. The home revolves around collaborations with many artists. There are tens of original artworks, from the likes of Ati Sedgwick, Pascó The Great, Stan Ynry and Osgemeos. Then, there’s the colourful wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, custom upholstery by Clarence House, Toyine Sellers, and Fishman’s Fabrics, and the amazing full wall-size artwork – reminiscent of Japenese Ukiyo-e art – by German painter Thomas de Leliwa. We even spy some pendants by legendary lighting designer Tom Dixon.
The colour continues into the Downeys’ three-year-old daughter Avri’s bathroom: custom polka dot Pratt & Larson tiles cover the floor and walls and there’s even a blush pink ceiling!
Set your imagination free and a take a look…
Images: Architectural Digest
In this month’s wrap up of the latest and greatest in design, we have a strong theme of colour. From the Pantone colour predictions for 2018, to an intensely colourful and unconventional supermarket, a stunning new agate-inspired tile range to an amazing sea of colourful orbs that change in hue when touched – installed at the National Gallery Singapore, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to colour this month. Read on.
Cologne’s colourful Solera supermarket.
Sevillian entrepreneur Pepa Bascón brought in creative consultancy Masquespacio to reimagine the way shoppers experience her Spanish produce supermarket in the heart of Cologne. Being a Spanish supermarket and in recognition of the growing Spanish gastronomie movement in Germany, Masquespacio used a distinctly Mediterranean flair throughout the interiors. This is certainly one of the most colourful and fun loving supermarkets we have ever come across…
Bisazza CEMENTILES are made entirely by hand using high-strength cement blended with coloured oxides. Brazilian Agata is available in four colour choices: green, yellow, red and blue.
A progression from the 2017 Colour of the Year, Greenery, Verdure is a symbol of health and a reference to natural vegetal colours, plus berry-like purples and blues.
A combination of the contrasting sides of the colour wheel, this palette draws on blues and oranges and using what you already have to decorate.
Bright, quirky and fun, this colour palette includes hues such as ‘Lime Popsicle’, ‘Green Flash’ and ‘Minion Yellow’.
Soft pink remains a key colour from 2016 and this year, and will be used for understated, pared-back interiors. This is all about desaturated tones and is the opposite of Playful.
2017 is seeing a huge focus on earthy tones, particularly terracotta. This focus will continue into 2018 with earthy, rosy deep tones that ’embrace many difference cultures’.
Another key focus in design this year is metallics. They are brushed metals rather than the glossy, polished versions we have seen in years before. Think a sophisticated palette of black and gold.
Using power for drama, power and strength is what this colour palette is all about. Turn up the deep reds, oranges and plums for a huge amount of depth and sophistication.
Finally, a nice fit with the ‘Intricacy’ palette is this one: Tech-nique, with Eiseman citing ‘iridescent, pearlized and translucent’ finishes being the new go-to. This palette includes tones like bright turquoise, pink, and purple.
Top row: Vedure, Playful, Discretion, TECH-nique. Bottom row: Far-Fetched, Resourceful, Intricacy, Intensity.
Image from Pantone.
Teamlab’s ‘Homogenizing and Transforming World’
Combining futuristic aesthetics, strong use of colour and interactive technology, Teamlab has launched its fifth and largest iteration of its art installation: ‘Homogenizing and Transforming World‘. On show at the National Gallery Singapore until October 8th 2017, this installation allows visitors to surround themselves in a sea of colourful orbs that, when touched, change in colour, and in turn alter the hue of the entire room. Teamlab said this project is about humans being “intermediaries for information, and the instant the information spreads, the world unites — transforming it in an instant”.
Images from here.
This month, we look at products and spaces that challenge the traditional and mainstream notions of design. From gnarly looking pottery to an exhibition based on redemption and spaces that challenge norms, the design industry – and the people behind it – never stand still.
1.Tom Dixon launches new accessories range
Never one to play it safe or do the expected, Tom Dixon has launched his latest collection: this time catering to the bathroom and kitchen. And no, it’s not just a lighting range, it includes hand washes and balms, storage solutions and even a washing up liquid. Dixon says the range was inspired by the hotel bathrooms, spas, apartments and restaurants his design studio team have been working on.
“After working on some of the harder, tougher components of lighting and storage, it all felt a bit incomplete without looking at the softer elements… so it seemed only natural to start thinking of the lotions and potions of this most cleansing of spaces,” said Dixon.
Images: Tom Dixon
A visual delight, the new Alice McCALL store at Melbourne’s Emporium shopping complex is now open. Each of the brand’s boutiques have their own unique look. This store features a monochromatic colour theme offset with brass. Designed by Studio Wonder, their aim was to create a “striking, graphic, minimal space offset with polished brass archways ribboning around the store to highlight the colourful, feminine collections”.
Soft grey and white checkerboard tiles, a solid marble counter and velvet pouffes all have a classic appeal, while more modern touches are introduced through Douglas and Bec stools and a pendant by Jamie Gray for Matter Made.
Images: Studio Wonder. Photography by Tom Blachford.
3. Works by Takuro Kuwata
Japanese artist Takuro Kuwata redefines the idea of pottery. His surfaces are thickly coated in glaze, which explodes when baked, he adds stones to his clay that puncture the surface when fired, he chooses unusual colour combinations, and he works with needles to create texture on his designs. As a result, his creations look like space objects or living things from another planet. The artist says he likes his work to evoke a sense of ‘irreverence and visual ecstasy’ – and that they do!
Images: Takuro Kuwata
4. ‘There is Hope to the Last Flower‘ exhibition by Julian Meagher
Now on at the Olsen Gallery, see the work of former medical doctor and now artist, Julian Meagher. The director of Chalk Horse Gallery in Sydney creates unique oil paintings that explore personal and inherited history, including links to our national identity. His latest collection focuses on poignant themes of redemption and extinction. Matte black bottles create a magnetic centre while metallic reflections provide glamour.
While all eyes may be on the many celebrities attending this year’s Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne, including Tim Cahill, Jessica Gomes and Usain Bolt, the marquees housing these guests have been meticulously pulled together by some of the nation’s best design and experiential minds.
More than 310,000 people are expected to attend the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and corporate sponsors in ‘The Birdcage’ are once again competing for the unofficial ‘best on ground’ award from punters. Take a look inside four of our favourite marquees of 2016…
Special features: A beach club party theme, a four-metre-long oval pool and a ‘Rosé Soleil’ performance.
We love: The pairing of aerial stunts and synchronised swimming with vocals from Australian singer-songwriter Paris Wells.
Special features: A French atelier-theme, a ‘By Appointment’ bar and 5,000 glasses of G.H.Mumm French Champagne.
We love: The very Spring colour palette of copper, tan, mint and blush, complete with multiple floral arrangements and a 7 metre-long copper table known as ‘The Botanist’s Table’, where guests will enjoy freshly shucked oysters, Fresh tuna sashimi, pistachio gelato and more.
Wolf Blass Marquee
Special features: A partnership with artist David Bromley (of Bromley & Co – who we featured here), saw this marquee turned into a whimsical artist’s studio, with furnishings including ornate Victorian-era pieces and Bromley’s own antiques.
We love: That the collaboration extended as far as three special edition ‘Bromley by Wolf Blass’ wines, which guests will be the first to taste.
Images from here.