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Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

*  1959 Sfax

Tom Dixon has for many years been a star designer, famous for his devastatingly innovative designs. Born in Sfax, Tunisia, in 1959, the future British designer moved to Great Britain at the age of four. Tom Dixon studied at the Chelsea School of Art in London until 1978. Tom Dixon began his career as a designer in 1983 with on-stage performances at Titanic, a London nightclub, during which he welded metal "objets trouvés" into seat furniture. The Tom Dixon "Kitchen Chair", made of frying pans, ladles, and steel, dates from 1987. In 1988 Tom Dixon designed the "S Chair". In 1987 Tom Dixon established a factory of his own, Dixon PID (Space), which made the early Dixon furniture and lamps as one-offs or in limited editions. From the 1990s some of the early Tom Dixon designs have been reworked for mass production: since 1992 Cappellini has produced both the "Kitchen Chair" and the "S Chair" as well as the "Bird" chaise longue and the "Bird 2" chair. Cappellini still makes "Pylon", a 1989 Tom Dixon chair that looks like sculpture made of a great many thin steel rods welded together, entirely by hand. In 1997 Tom Dixon designed several lamps to be made of polypropylene, including "Star", "Octo", and "Jack", which are manufactured by his firm, Eurolounge. "Otto" and "Jack" can be piled up to create wall lighting. In 1998 Tom Dixon became head of the design division at the British furniture store Habitat. In 2002 he also founded "Tom Dixon. The Company". In 2002 Tom Dixon designed the "Fresh Fat" series, comprising stable chairs, vessels, and a side table made of knotted, woven plastic cord. By 2003 Tom Dixon was experimenting with biodegradable materials that were 85 % bamboo fiber and designed "Eco Ware" tableware to be made of it. In 2005 the extremely elegant "Copper Shade" and "Mirror Ball" lamp series of mirrored plastic were launched. Tom Dixon works as a product designer and interior decorator both for his own firms and for other companies and designers, including Asplund, Cappellini, De Vecchi, Driade, Inflate, Moroso, Salviati, Swarovski, Terence Conran, and the fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Romeo Gigli, Ralph Lauren, and Vivienne Westwood.