Tom Dixon is a master at creating extraordinary objects for everyday use. Designing for longevity, the British designer’s products have sculptural qualities and engineered materiality for a luxurious, contemporary effect.
Dixon is a self-taught designer, becoming a designer-maker in the early 1980s when he learnt to weld. He made furniture from found object, making things for the pleasure of making. Reflecting his obsession with materiality, manufacturing and form, Dixon has been quoted as saying, “I could turn a pile of scrap metal into gold.”
The studio expanded in the 1980s and 1990s, and in 1998 Dixon became head of design and then creative director at Sir Terence Conran’s Habitat design department. Dixon achieved further star status when he received an OBE for services to Innovation and Design in 2001 and established his eponymous brand in 2002. Tom Dixon – the person and company – specialises in lighting, furniture and accessories, designing products that he describes as “anti-fashion” – always pushing the boundaries of form and materials.
“We are great admirers of Tom Dixon. Every year we witness his amazing installations at Salone del Mobile, where he truly operates at the front of the pack. We are excited by the growing range of new lighting and accessories from Tom Dixon and are thrilled how the brand continues to push the frontiers of design,” says Jo Mawhinny, Director of Product Brand and Experience at Living Edge.
Tom Dixon brings artistry and ingenuity to his lighting collection, exploring materials, craftsmanship and form. Opal is Tom Dixon’s newest lighting series. The family of lights have a translucent globe made with tinted white opalescent polycarbonate. With a precision-thin shade and LED ring, Opal is an ethereal orb that can be suspended from the ceiling or fixed onto a carbon fibre pole for a floor lamp.
Spring is a flat-pack pendant light made from pliant ribbons of stainless steel that spiral around a LED ring. The semi-transparent shape can be adjusted to a variety of silhouettes, from a flat arrangement reminiscent of a spirograph drawing, to a flying-saucer configuration and on to a fuller shape akin to a pumpkin.
Imagery of space provided inspiration for many of Tom Dixon’s classic lights, including Copper, Spun and Melt. Copper is Tom Dixon’s original light, inspired by space helmet visors, blow moulded and vacuum metallised. Spun’s space-age form is made with hand-polished spun-sheet solid brass and brings instant glamour to any setting. Melt evolved from the studio’s experiments in vacuum metallisation. Its organic form is evocative of molten glass, like the interior of a melting glacier or images of deep space.
Tom Dixon’s range of accessories are equally as sculptural. Swirl is a collection of vases, candleholders and book ends made with a new material that resembles 3D marbled paper yet has the weight of stone. Carved is a collection of stark monochrome geometric vessels in which the mouth-blown, double-layered glass is chunky and heavy while taking on an ethereal lightness. Block is also geometric and highly sculptural with cubic and cylindrical forms stacked in irregular cubist design.
Soft furnishings, including cushions and throws, are available in a range of prints from colourful, expressive and abstract, to monochromatic and minimalist.
The Tom Dixon collection of furniture, lighting and accessories will be available via Living Edge online from December 2019 with the collection dropping in-store January 2020.
More information: https://livingedge.com.au/
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