Freedom drives us on to greater things
by Carlo Urbinati | 9/8/2017
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Designer Tom Dixon first saw the light of day on May 21, 1959 in Sfax, Tunisia. In 1963, his family moved to England. After high school Dixon attended the Chelsea School of Art for a short time before dropping out and earning his keep as a musician in a band and by doing odd jobs. At the beginning of the 1980s he began to produce chairs welded together out of everyday items he had salvaged – with rapidly growing success.
Dixon rose to prominence as an industrial designer in 1991 with his “S Chair” for Cappellini. It was followed by other luminaires designs, sometimes with an experimental feel, his “Pylon Chair” and “Jack”, a lighting and seating object. In 1998, he was appointed Head of Design and later Creative Director by the Habitat home furnishing chain, working there until 2008. In parallel he established the “Tom Dixon” brand in 2002. The brand first attracted the attention with “Fresh Fat”, a range of plastic furniture. From 2004 through 2009, Dixon was Creative Director for Finnish furniture manufacturer Artek. His lighting range “Copper Shade” dates from 2005 – it was to become one of Dixon’s most popular designs. It was followed in 2006 by the “Beat” range of luminaires. In 2007 he designed the furnishings for the exclusive “Shoreditch House” club in London. The “Flame-Cut” range of furniture, dating from 2008, re-created what is really light furniture typologies – chairs, tables and recliners – in solid steel. In 2013 Adidas brought out a sportswear collection designed by Tom Dixon and two years later he came up with the “Melt” range of pendant lights, their metal covering applied using the PVD surface coating technology.