Tom Dixon

Designer

Londra / United Kingdom

Tom Dixon was born in 1958 in Sfax (Tunisia) to a French-Latvian mother and an English father. The family moved to the UK, where Tom completed high school and attended Chelsea College of Art and Design without completing his studies. Dixon made his debut in the early 1980s with furniture and accessories made from reclaimed and welded steel. He soon began collaborating with Cappellini; in 1986, he created the iconic S-Chair, combining craft and industrial production. The painted metal frame is covered in entirely hand-woven marsh straw. During this period, Dixon opened "Space", a workshop for creative collaboration and cross-pollination among artists and designers.

1996 saw the birth of Eurolounge, a company founded by the designer to produce Jack, a multifunctional object designed two years earlier. It was one of Dixon's first experiments with rotational air-moulded polyethene. "Jack - The Sitting, Lighting, Stacking Thing" is a piece that functions as a stool, lamp and stackable object. Starting in 1998, Dixon worked for Habitat for 10 years, first as a designer and then as creative director. In 2002, he founded the company bearing his name to produce furniture that rethinks the relationship between designer and industry. In less than 20 years, the company has manufactured more than 600 products, ranging from furniture to lighting and table decoration, all sharing the sculptural quality that distinguishes Dixon's work.

In 2007 he founded Design Research Studio, a research centre dedicated to imagining the architecture of the future, designing residential and accommodation facilities, monumental complexes and co-working spaces. Projects include the restaurant at the Royal Academy in London; Jamie Oliver's London restaurant; Shoreditch House; the redesign of the iconic Sea Containers House on the Thames; the Drugstore Brasserie on the Champs-Elysees in Paris; and The Manzoni in Milan, Europe's first Tom Dixon Hub that functions as a restaurant, shop and office all in one. Many of Dixon's projects are included in the permanent collections of important international museums, from MoMA in New York to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ... More ... less

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