Tom Dixon (industrial designer)

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Tom Dixon, OBE (born 21 May 1959, Sfax, Tunisia) is a self-taught British designer. He is currently the Creative Director of the brand 'Tom Dixon' specialising in Lighting, Furniture and Accessories.

In 2001, Dixon work was recognised with the award of an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen. His work been acquired by museums across the globe including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Career[edit]

Tom rose to prominence in the mid 1980s as “the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". He set up ‘Space’ as a creative think-tank and shop front for himself and other young designers. By the late 1980s, he was working for the Italian giant Cappellini for whom he designed the Iconic ‘S’ chair.[1]

In the 1990s, he became a household name with ‘Jack’, his polypropolene "sitting, stacking, lighting thing" designed for his own company ‘Eurolounge’.[2] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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 ,[4] Jamie Oliver’s London restaurant, Barbecoa[5] as well as Shoreditch House.[6] 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 due for completion summer 2014.[7]

Awards[edit]

Dixon holds Honorary Doctorates from Birmingham City University (2004) [8] and University of the Arts London (2007).[9] He was awarded an OBE for services to British Design in 2001.[8]

Publications[edit]

The Interior World of Tom Dixon (2008) Octopus Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-84091-519-8, ISBN 978-1-84091-519-8

Dixonary (2013) Violette Editions. ISBN 978-1-900828-42-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rushton, Susie (12 September 2007). "Design: Ahead of the curve". The Independent (London). Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b designmuseum.org (British Council) Retrieved 10 May 2011
  3. ^ "Tom Dixon History". Tom Dixon. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Restaurant at The Royal Academy by Tom Dixon". Dezeen. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Restaurant: Barbecoa, St Pauls.". London Design Guide. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Shoreditch House by Tom Dixon". Dezeen. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tom Dixon To Turn Sea Containers House Into Mondrian Hotel". Design Week. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Tom Dixon, Esq, OBE". Debretts. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Doctorates for Dixon and Ive". Design Week. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Tom Dixon now runs his own business which sells furniture and lights.