London Design Award 2019
“I’m still confused as to why I won’t be getting the ‘Emerging Design Medal’, as it still feels very much like I have only just started – I’ve so much left to design! But I’m very touched to be noticed by this super Jury, thank you very much.”
This year’s winner, Tom Dixon, rose to prominence in the mid 1980s as a self-taught British designer. He set up the creative think-tank Space, which acted as a shop front for himself and other young designers. By the late 1980s, he was working for Cappellini, for which he designed the iconic S chair.
In the late 1990s, Dixon became Creative Director at Habitat and was responsible for rejuvenating the brand while maintaining Terence Conran’s vision of enriching everyday life through simple, modern design.
His works have been acquired by museums across the globe, including the V&A, MoMA and the Pompidou Centre. In 2002 Dixon established his own eponymous brand with own stores in New York, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Over 600 products are created by the company, ranging from lighting to furniture, from tableware through to fragrance, and are distributed to over 90 countries.
In 2007 Dixon launched Design Research Studio, an interior and architectural design studio. High‑profile projects include the Restaurant at the Royal Academy, Shoreditch House, le Drugstore in Paris and Alto in Hong Kong.
London Design Festival 2019
For London Design Festival 2019, Tom Dixon explores the senses. Find out more.
View the other Medal winners here. Including Vivienne Westwood, Daniel Charny and Ross Atkin.
For London Design Festival, starting on Saturday 14th September, Tom Dixon will host TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty at his King’s Cross hub.
The Coal Office will become a multi-sensory lab with a series of talks, workshops, parties and events taking place in the Shop, Factory, Restaurant and Gallery. For the entire duration of LDF, The Coal Office will be an open house, with a full event schedule accessible to the public. With so much to see, hear, touch, smell and taste, we want to encourage visitors to experience a journey through the senses at the Coal Office. Using our TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty map, guests can navigate their way from Reception to the Factory to the Arches of the Shop, visiting each of our exhibitions and marking them off.
Upon completion of the game, guests will receive a limited-edition Tom Dixon tote bag (limited allocation per day, first-come, first-served basis). New collections: The latest Tom Dixon designs and innovations - Fat, Swirl, Spring and Opal and our two new fragrances, Alchemy and Underground - will be available to buy at our flagship shop.