Tomato (design collective)

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Company typePrivately held company
Founded1991 (1991)
HeadquartersLondon, Melbourne, Tokyo

Tomato is a multi-discipline design and film collective, founded in London in 1991 by Steve Baker, Dirk van Dooren, Simon Taylor, John Warwicker and Graham Wood, plus musicians Karl Hyde and Rick Smith of the electronic group Underworld and Colin Vearncombe, the artist also known as Black. They were joined by Jason Kedgley in 1994.[1][2][3]

The collective includes a worldwide group of directors, designers, artists, writers, producers and composers, who develop cross-platform projects that are commercial, artistic and research based.[4]

Tomato also regularly lectures on design[5][6] and has published the books, Process[7] Bareback,[8] and Tycho's Nova.

In addition to its core studio in London, Tomato has a presence in Melbourne and Tokyo.[4] In 2012, Tomato opened its first wholly owned US entity, Tomato Studios, with a main creative/production studio in Los Angeles and field office in New York. In 2014, Tomato signed an agreement with production company Twist Films for exclusive director representation in the US, and co-development of creative projects.[9] As of 2016, however, the US business is no longer affiliated with Tomato.


  • Process: A Tomato Project. London: Thames & Hudson, 1996. ISBN 978-0500279151.
  • Bareback: A Tomato Project. London: Laurence King, 1999. ISBN 978-1856691604.
  • Tycho's Nova: A Tomato Project. By Graham Wood. Self-published, 2001. ISBN 978-0954017309.


  1. ^ Serena Allott (1996-11-16). "Starlife: Tomato". Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  2. ^ Wayne McGregor. "Collaborators: John Warwicker, Tomato". Random Dance. Archived from the original on 2015-12-21. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  3. ^ Matt Wilce. "Take two Tomatos". Metropolis. Archived from the original on 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  4. ^ a b Farrelly, Liz (2006-02-16). "Profile: Tomato". Design Week. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  5. ^ "John Warwicker". Sessions College. 2012. Archived from the original on 2006-08-18. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  6. ^ "D&AD Talk john warwicker". Moth and Rust. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  7. ^ Baker, Steve (November 25, 1996). Process: A "Tomato" Project. Thames & Hudson Ltd. p. 160. ISBN 978-0500279151.
  8. ^ Tomato Bareback (15 August 1999). Bareback: A Tomato Project. Gingko Press. p. 192. ISBN 978-1584230168.
  9. ^ "New Twist for Tomato Stateside". Shoot Magazine. Retrieved 21 February 2014.

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