Among the plethora of newly designed objects, a metallic set of light s by Londoner, Tom Dixon, stands out in the crowd and is receiving much buzz. The sculptural-looking spun metal pieces are shiny without any edges – yet they could probably be defined as edgy. As for Dixon himself, his path in the design world wasn’t planned and orderly. He never envisioned himself as a designer.
In his earliest design phase, Dixon had taken a class in plastic bumper repair. At some point he fell in love with welding. The pools of molten metal. The fusing of one piece of steel to another. The ability to construct stuff out of scrap metal. The industrial aspect was charming and appealing and he made objects just for the heck of it until people started buying.
Along the way, an Italian furniture design company fell in love with some of his designs and invited him to join them. He would become famous for the “S” chair that was originally made with recycled rubber inner tubes. Nowadays the iconic chair is among Dixon’s other work hanging about in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. And among his spectrum of designed objects there are “fantasy” objects. Design – it’s everywhere you want it to be.
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