Design past, present and future
We hosted Richard Biedul from British GQ who spoke to Tom Dixon. Exploring Tom history and discussing how Tom turned his hand to furniture, lighting and other interior accessories. They go into what design principles he adheres to and what he thinks the future holds for the field.
Originally created on a self-propelled mission to design the world’s lightest metal chair Pylon was originally made in small series in Dixon’s metalwork shop in the early nineties. The last twenty years it has sat within the Cappellini collection, and is now coming back - once again being made by the original skilled metalworker who was taught to weld by Tom.
The lattice work of 3mm diameter steel rod is triangulated for maximum strength - an exercise in pure unadorned structure. The original inspirations which ranged from early computer programming, electricity pylons and architectural models of bridges are clearly visible in this joyful exercise in self-taught structural engineering. Now powder coated in a bright royal blue the Pylon chair, whilst possibly not being the most comfortable chair in the world, is certainly one of the most recognisable and unique.
Born in Tom’s 80s London workshop our S Chair is the prequel to its sibling still produced in Italy by legendary furniture company Cappellini.
Re-engineered to take account of the latest developments in manufacturing technology, the original three-dimensional form is now moulded in an industrial hard/soft foam with a pure new wool cover; the instantly recognisable serpentine curves are now more comfortable and ergonomically active than ever.
It now sits proudly on its steering-wheel inspired cast iron base.
Existing in a multitude of historic versions in the permanent collections of Museums from the MOMA New York to the V&A London the exciting adventures of ‘S’ look set to continue into the distant future.
The S Chair is available in a wide range of colours, in fabric or leather. Please contact our customer services team for more information.