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"I was immediately hooked on welding...mesmerised by the tiny pool of molten metal, viewed from the safety of darkened goggles. Allowing an instant fusion of one piece of steel to another. It had none of the seriousness of craft and none of the pomposity of design: it was industry. It suited my impatience perfectly...giving me the opportunity to build, destroy, adjust and remake structures instantly."
Tom Dixon was born to a French/Latvian mother and English father in Tunisia 1959, aged four they moved to England. Dixon studied at Chelsea Art School for six months but dropped out, spending two years playing in a band and organising warehouse parties in the London nightclub scene, but a motorbike accident left him hospitalised for three months. Once recovered he turned his attention to motorbike maintenance, namely welding and was instantly engrossed by the immediacy of the process, this coinciding with the early 80's economic boom so skips were full of scrap metal and his love of welding set the stage for his ever-growing success as a self-taught designer-maker.
1983 was the year that he began experimenting with the capabilities and limitations of welding and turned his attention to furniture design. Within two years Giulio Cappellini (the head of Cappellini, the Italian furniture manufacturer) had put two of his pieces into major production - the S Chair and Bird Lounger, the S Chair now has a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Reaching iconic status Tom Dixon was awarded the OBE for services to British Design in 2000. Through-out his unorthodox career Dixon has created furniture and lighting using a myriad of ground-breaking processes and unusual materials - creating artistic and commercial pieces. In 2002 Tom Dixon and David Begg started Tom Dixon the company, and have developed a collection of contemporary lighting and furniture including the acclaimed Mirror Ball Pendant and the Copper Pendant. Both sold at Heal's and made from a special vacuum metallisation process, developed by Tom Dixon. The technically complex nature of the process, involves applying a very thin layer of chrome and copper, respectively to the internal surface of a polycarbonate form, which is then UV coated.
Tom Dixon designs have entered the international major league through renowned shows at major venues like the Milan Furniture Fair and the London Design Museum, where Tom Dixon is currently nominated for Designer of the Year.
A multi award-winner, self-taught maverick Tom Dixon has many accolades to his name, including an OBE for services to British Design in 2000, Best Retail Design at Conde Nast Awards and Best Lighting Collection in show at ICFF 2007.
View the full range of Tom Dixon products available at Heal's.