Stories

Explore the world of Tom Dixon – from a bit of history about Tom himself, to all the latest news on products and developments, extraordinary spaces, collaborations and curiosities.
2016
American Adventure
In a landscape dominated by professional showrooms and multi-brand retailing chains, we have made the choice to evade the status quo.
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2016
The Restaurant
At Salone del Mobile, Milan.
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2015
Himitsu, Atlanta
First State-side hospitality project for Design Research Studio.
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2015
Multiplex
The pop-up department store of the future, Selfridges London.
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2015
Melt
With Melt, our experiments in the technologically advanced field of vacuum metallisation takes on a new twist.
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2015
The Cinema
At Salone del Mobile, Milan.
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2014
Mondrian London
Our Studio takes on the design of hotel rooms, bar, lobby and restaurant at Sea Containers House in London.
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2014
Tom Dixon At Harrods
Our First Concession in London.
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2013
adidas x Tom Dixon
"There’s no point in me trying to be a fashion designer. It’s not what these collaborations are about. What it is for me is sort of entering a new universe without any preconception."
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2010
Batch Zero
"We have set up an underwater BIOROCK production plant in the Bahamas, and have successfully grown some chairs and tables over the last three years."
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2008
Flame-Cut
"The idea with Flame-Cut furniture was to recreate ephemeral typologies of normally flat or fold-able items, such as poolside sun loungers, in the most heavyweight and indestructible material material possible."
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2007
Shoreditch House
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2007
Cracking the States
Our New York office and distribution centre opens, taking Tom Dixon to an American audience and kick starting our global ambition.
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2006
Beat Lights
"I was involved in an initiative in Jaipur to create alternative possibilities for the rapidly vanishing craftsmen and their skills, and the Beat Light was born from that project."
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2005
Rubber Band Chair
In a failed attempt to create the world’s longest seating, Tom Dixon built a 75m-long rubber band stretch system made from 12,000 super-size rubber bands in Trafalgar Square, London.
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2005
Polystyrene Chair Grab
"Making a polystyrene chair has given me the opportunity to fulfil an ambition to make design available to all; this time literally, by giving away hundreds of these chairs to Londoners with absolutely no chains attached."
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2005
Copper Shade
A result of Tom’s fascination with the high-tech process of vacuum metallization commonly used in sunglasses.
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2004
Artek
"Managing Artek for five years was a happy by-product of our collaboration with the Swedish company Proventus. Our tenure there as managers and part-owners culminated in a series of initiatives in sustainability, neutral materials and heritage."
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2004
Mirror Ball
"Rather than vanishing into its environment as anticipated, Mirror Ball does the opposite, which is to be ultra-visible, showy, and as they say in France, bling-bling."
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2003
Interior Design Expertise
An Interior Design Division is established as Design Research Studio. With a focus on high-profile contract projects it starts work on hotels, retail, restaurants and corporate headquarters.
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2002
Company Established
The Tom Dixon brand is founded in London and production starts on a line of extruded plastic products, Fresh Fat.
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2000
Royalty & Silverware
Tom receives the Order of the British Empire for services to Innovation and Design.
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1998
Habitat
Tom finally gets a proper day job – first as Head of Design, then as Creative Director at £500 million turnover retail legend Habitat.
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1994
Jack
"It looked like a Japanese concrete sea defence or a model of a molecule with a fat and jolly personality. So it was named Jack – the Sitting, Lighting, Stacking Thing.”
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1990
Pylon
“The making and remaking of the Pylon Chair countless times, to try and reinforce weak points and prevent collapse, taught me how to make things properly. It felt like a crash course in primitive structural engineering."
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1988
First Light
"This Spiral Light was probably my first real lamp and parked off an enduring passion and interest in lighting objects."
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1986
S-Chair
“My slightly more successful designs seem to be ones that can be read in different ways, quite opposite to their original intent. If my original departure point for the S-Chair was a chicken, it has often been described by others as a female form."
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