In 2004 Tom Dixon was involved in an initiative in the city of Jaipur to create alternative possibilities for the rapidly vanishing craftsmen and their skills. The Beat light was born from that project, created by the renowned artisan craftsmen of Moradabad in Northern India. The production of Beat, imitating the basic proportions and techniques of the traditional brass work, but targeting a different functionality, keeps part of the craft alive.
The interior of each piece bears the beaten marks of its making, spun brass, braised and beaten by hand. Each piece is unique and a testament to a time-consuming and centuries old process – it can take up to 4 days to make one light.
Black Beat launch 2005.