“I really can’t think of anybody who’s immune to the beauty of clouds… I’ve used clouds for an inspiration for this new collection of serve ware which is strangely called ‘Cloud’.” – Tom Dixon
CLOUD is a collection of expressive and sculptural pieces made of highly reflective polished aluminium, launched in February 2021. Inspired by the ephemerality and organic shapes of clouds, Tom creates a collection which echoes their soft curvature in the form of bulbous vessels.
“I knew I wanted something rounded and asymmetrical. I think people are increasingly looking for things that are slightly softer. Spending inordinate amounts of time on computers or on Zoom like we’re doing now is causing us to seek something less synthetic.”
It was no easy feat to do justice to clouds: their gentle quality and dreamy characteristics would be challenging to mirror in a tangible and solid form.
“Their ephemeral nature, their softness, their transparency, their luminosity, make them really hard to capture. I’ve been trying to do it in metal for a really long time.”
Tom’s background in metal working and fascination with the vanishing skills of hand panel beating inspired the aesthetics of the range.
The handcrafted artefacts are hammered and braised by skilled artisans in India, each mark from stretching and warping the metal preserved in the final product. The craftsmen’s journey in capturing the cloud-like quality is celebrated in each unique piece.
“The method behind the craft creates unique labels and is left visible as a tribute to the craft.”
Tom realised that aluminium would be the perfect choice of metal for CLOUD, not just because of its lightweight beauty and malleability, but also its environmental friendliness. With 75% of aluminium ever used still in consumption today, it is one of the most recycled and recyclable materials available. In this closed-loop process, we see the infinite, cyclical nature of this metal being used, recycled, and repurposed.
The CLOUD collection bridges the gap between functional serve ware and decorative pieces. Being water-tight and dry-food safe, the large, seed-liked shaped vessels are multifunctional: a vase, a fruit bowl, and a champagne bucket. Whatever strikes your fancy.
‘I wanted to create big, generous vessels for all kinds of different uses.’
“If you want to create large and extravagant floral arrangements with budding branches or tall orchid stems, you need a substantial vessel.”
We brought the CLOUD collection into fruition after our team at the Coal Office, our London restaurant, noticed a lack of containers to hold large quantities of food and drink. In response, we created a series that did just that.
“When you want to host a big party (when we’re allowed to) you can’t use a domestic tray - you need a more generous platter to serve the masses.”
Explore the CLOUD Collection:
Each vessel has its own distinct silhouette, shape and personality.
Cloud Vessel Tall Cloud Vessel Short
Cloud Bowl Cloud Platter