Tom Dixon at London Craft Week
8 - 12 May 2019
Ahead of Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio and IKEA’s latest collaboration for Chelsea Flower Show 2019, we will host a series of workshops and activities to inform and inspire new ways of using plants at our showroom in Coal Drops Yard.
Craft is at the heart of our design, prototypes, and products. Nearly all of our extraordinary objects are either conceived or created by hand.
It’s true we have a fascination for manufacturing and heavy industry and enjoy our experiments in precision digitalised machinery. But we continuously return to the physical interaction between designer and material to solve problems and create interesting interventions.
For London Craft Week, we highlight some of our favourite products that have artisanal qualities and explore the skills and craftsmanship involved.
Within our London flagship store we have dedicated a space, The Factory, which serves as a pre-production small batch manufacturing workshop where ideas can be tested out and prototypes created. Since launching, we have held Etch light making workshops, ceramics workshops, electronics assembly lines, a wreath making class with Wild At Heart and now a terrarium class hosted by The Botanical Boys. The workshops are designed to encourage the public to participate in the joys of craft, construction, fabrication and assembly.
The Botanical Boys will be taking over the Factory during LCW with a ‘Grow’ workshop, which involves terrarium-making to inspire new ways of using plants. Spaces are limited, for more information please visit https://www.londoncraftweek.com/events/tom-dixon-grow#sthash.VMt0RiJo.dpbs
Join us at the shop - Thursday 9th May
Open evening at Coal Drops Yard
On Thursday evening from 6-9pm, guests can enjoy complimentary drinks in the shop provided by Sipsmith and music by Rhythm Studio DJ, Chris D Gromoboy. Shoppers will receive a Seedlip gift with any purchase.
Beat Stout Pendant Black
Beat Stout is a large matte black ceiling light which features a contrasting warm, golden interior. Made from hand spun brass sculpted by artisan craftsmen in Northern India, the creation of this Beat light is part of an ancient process that takes four days to complete. The beaten interior is re-purposed to refract and reflect a soft and warm luminosity and the architectural scale gives off a greater light output.
Carved Vase Small Black
Mouth-blown, double layered black and white glass has been acutely cut back to define a series of circular motifs. Artisanal glass makers in India carefully carved away layers of glass in a design process that explores the opaque, the translucent and the transparent. The intention was for the chunky and heavy glass to take on an ethereal lightness.