Maison & Objet’s Designer of the Year: Tom Dixon
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.