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'The remaking of the Pylon Chair countless times, to reinforce weak points and prevent collapse, taught me how to make things properly. A crash course in structural engineering. The results make me believe more in the underlying structures of an object, rather than in their surfaces, and leaves me in awe of the structural engineer.' - Tom Dixon.
More about Pylon
Originally created on a self-propelled mission to design the world’s lightest metal chair Pylon was originally made in small series in Dixon’s metalwork shop in the early nineties. The last twenty years it has sat within the Cappellini collection, and is now coming back - once again being made in London by the original skilled metalworker who was taught to weld by Tom.
The lattice work of 3mm diameter steel rod is triangulated for maximum strength - an exercise in pure unadorned structure. The original inspirations which ranged from early computer programming, electricity pylons and architectural models of bridges are clearly visible in this joyful exercise in self-taught structural engineering. Now powder coated in a bright royal blue the Pylon chair, whilst possibly not being the most comfortable chair in the world, is certainly one of the most recognisable and unique.