Established in 2002, Tom Dixon is a British product design brand. With a commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the brand is inspired by the nation’s unique heritage and produces extraordinary objects for everyday use.
Pottery A levels and life drawing
Holland Park Comprehensive was not a fertile ground for the intellectual development of the young Dixon, but it had a decent pottery department and Life Drawing class, which was where the initial obsession with materiality, manufacturing and form took shape.
Two years as a professional musician, playing bass guitar in a disco band taught Tom Dixon the fundamentals of creativity and commerce in the public eye.
Disco & motorbikes
The first lesson Tom had in oxy-acetylene welding came in a car body repair shop in South London. Ostensibly learnt in a bid to repair an ailing motorcycle, the manufacturing technique was quickly appropriated to weld scrap metal into an avalanche of semi-functional objects.
A doodle of a chicken turned into an idea for a chair, that went through a series of mutations and resulted in the S-chair. An unusually sculptural seat that took Dixon from self production into the Italian luxury goods industry, and from there into the permanent collection of the Museum Of Modern Art in NYC.
A shop is set up to provide a selling platform and mail order infrastructure for fresh design in London's Notting Hill. Objects from Droog, Inflate and Micheal Young jostle for attention with Tom Dixon's first forays into retail and mail order.
Eurolounge, a company created for the mass production of Jack Light, billed as the sitting, stacking, sitting thing - the first iteration of Tom Dixon's industrial ambitions.
1998 - 2008
Tom finally gets a proper day job – first as Head of Design, then as Creative Director at £500 million turnover retail legend Habitat.
Royalty & silverware
Tom is honored with an O.B.E – a medal for services to design at Buckingham Palace.
The Tom Dixon brand is founded in London in partnership with David Begg, and production starts on a line of extruded plastic products.
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.
The Swedish investment company, Proventus take a majority stake in an embryonic Tom Dixon brand and a group is formed with the classic Finnish company Artek under the umbrella company of Design Research Ltd. Both companies are creatively directed by Tom and under the management of David Begg.
Great Chair Grab
Experiments and innovation in distribution commence with 1000 polystyrene chairs given away in public in Trafalgar Square, in an attempt to prove that disruptive models can also work in the furniture business.
Cracking the States
Our New York office and distribution centre opens, taking Tom Dixon to an American audience and kick starting our global ambition.
West is best
We move to a new office in Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, in a Victorian industrial building that was the previous home of Virgin Records. A restaurant, retail shop and contract showroom blossom in the extraordinary setting on the banks of the Grand Union Canal.
East is next
An asian hub is initiated with our Hong Kong office and distribution center.
Gifts & Accessories
A range of gifts and accessories, treasures and curiosities is launched, widening our appeal to a new customer and giving us adventures in many new worlds from fragrance to watches.
Morgan's Sea Containers House
Design Research Studio win their largest interiors project to date with Morgans Hotel Group. The team take on the design of hotel rooms, bar, lobby and restaurant at Sea Containers House in London
A first foray into the world of apparel. A collaboration with adidas produces a capsule collection of shoes, bags and clothes under the concept of 'everything-you-can-pack-for-a-week-away'.
Retail takes on a new dimension with the launch of our first concession store in the world famous department store of Harrods, London.
Investment in our website takes internet shopping to an international consumer, enabling us to create a brand experience, sell and ship products at the click of a button.