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From Alchemy to the Materiality of Glass

From Alchemy to the Materiality of Glass

Introducing our Autumn Collection | Tagged


31st July 2017

In our lead up to Maison & Objet Paris September 2017 we reveal the inspirations behind our latest accessories collection. 

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Alchemy Tom Dixon Alchemy Tom Dixon

Associated with the dark subject of the occult, alchemy is the mysterious transmutation of matter transfixed with transformative metallurgy and the creation of mystical elixirs. A philosophical and spiritual mode of thinking rooted in antiquity, it’s part science, part magic – the earliest form of chemistry.

For years the conversion of raw materials into precious metals has been a subject of fascination, a matter of obsession. 

We’ve harnessed the transformative power of design, to take honest matter – wood, iron, stone, and brass – and transform it into extraordinary objects, in a word – gold. Alchemy is at the heart of our craft, it’s the inspiration for AW17.

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16th August 2017

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We like to think of the our design studio as more of a laboratory – a place where we can investigate new shapes, carry out research into luminosity and experiment with our favourite materials.

It’s a platform for radical thinking and design enquiry, a mad playground where craft and industry, art and function can crossover.

With our new collection, launching at Maison & Objet Paris in September, we explore the fusing of various basic elements in tough and hygienic borosilicate glass. Giving rise to an unexpected decorative aspect thanks to the simple repeated forms, the basic volumes and the shapes within shapes common in the science laboratory.

Materiality of Glass

6th September 2017

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“Glass is a truly miracle material. Long-lasting, transparent or in beautiful translucent colours, hygienic, recyclable, tough, affordable or precious.”  – Tom Dixon

Mainly composed of Silica, boro oxide and small amounts of Alkalis, Borosilicate glass has great resistance to thermal changes and is entirely non-toxic.

Compared to conventional glass making with its expensive, complex and dangerous equipment, it’s a material that can even be manipulated on a gas stove at home – the perfect material for the minimalist.

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