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Tom Dixon

British, b. 1959

Artistic, innovative and entrepreneurial, the self-taught creator Tom Dixon has been a contemporary design-world maverick for more than three decades. From his revolutionary art-meets-design projects of the 1980s and throughout his dynamic and influential career as a designer of furniture, housewares and interiors, the only consistent note has been change. Dixon’s chief fascination is exploring new materials and new ways of constructing things.

Dixon was restless even as a young man. He enjoyed ceramics and drawing in high school but later dropped out of the Chelsea School of Art in London. While repairing his motorcycle in 1983, Dixon learned how to weld and took to the craft. He began making what he has called semi-functional objects from scrap metal (sometime as performance art in a nightclub), then formed a furniture studio–cum–think tank called Creative Salvage. Amid the ritzy excess of the ’80s, Dixon — along with designers such as Tejo Remy and Ron Arad — forged a new, attention-getting aesthetic with furniture made from found materials.

In 1987, Dixon began working for the Italian furniture manufacturer Cappellini, which put his best-known design, the slender, sinuous S chair, into production, followed by such pieces as the Pylon chair (1992), a wire lattice that resembles electrical transmission towers. Starting in the 1990s, Dixon expanded his interests rapidly. He started a company to manufacture the stackable plastic Jack light; joined the housewares retailer Habitat as creative director; and breathed new life into Artek, the venerable Finnish maker that Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino helped cofound. Since 2002, Dixon has run his namesake company fabricating furnishings from novel materials like brass foil-clad wood and “vacuum-metalized” glass.

The hallmark of Dixon’s design is his captivation with the process of creating pieces such as chairs, tables and lighting fixtures. “A kind friend once described me as a ‘vertebrate designer,’” Dixon has said. “That means that I design from the bones outwards and am not really interested in surface.”

Classic Dixon pieces are those that exhibit the manner of their making — from his early work in welded scrap metal to the woven rattan seats and backs of his Fat chair for Cappellini. There are two ways to approach Dixon designs: as a collector, or as a decorator. The former will seek Dixon’s one-off and limited edition works and prototypes. These historical artifacts carry high prices that range from around $8,000 to $50,000 and above. Those more interested in a dynamic look will find that manufactured Dixon designs — such as his Jack lights or his Melt pendant — can be found for prices that range from about $300 to $1,000. Either way, as you will see on 1stDibs, the designs of Tom Dixon have a singular allure that makes them a noteworthy element in any room.

Average Sold Price
$1,562
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Tom Dixon Beat Stout Pendant Light Fixture, White, Modern Lighting, UK
By Tom Dixon
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tom Dixon beat stout pendant light fixture, white, modern lighting, UK. Iconic contemporary design. New in box, never installed. MSRP 1270 USD. white version of the famous original b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Organic Modern Tom Dixon

Materials

Brass

S-chair Hero 0191
By Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
Born in Tom's 80's London workshop, the S chair has been re-engineered. The original three-dimensional form is now moulded in an industrial hard/soft form with a pure wool cover. The...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Modern Tom Dixon

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Wool, Foam

  • S-chair Hero 0191
  • S-chair Hero 0191
  • S-chair Hero 0191
  • S-chair Hero 0191
H 38.1 in. W 19.7 in. D 24.7 in.
Slab Chair Black
By Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
Slab is a modern dining chair, made in Lithuania using solid wood oak. In a painted black finish, this dining chair is an honest piece of skilled woodwork that is both stackable and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Lithuanian Modern Tom Dixon

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Wood

  • Slab Chair Black
  • Slab Chair Black
  • Slab Chair Black
  • Slab Chair Black
H 17.7 in. W 19.7 in. D 20.9 in.
Slab Chair Black Upholstered
By Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
Slab is a stackable chair, made in Lithuania using solid wood Oak. In a black finish, this modern dining chair is upholstered using leather to maximise its comfort.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Lithuanian Modern Tom Dixon

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Leather, Wood

  • Slab Chair Black Upholstered
  • Slab Chair Black Upholstered
  • Slab Chair Black Upholstered
  • Slab Chair Black Upholstered
H 17.7 in. W 19.7 in. D 20.9 in.
Etch Large Pendant Light in Brass by Tom Dixon
By Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the logic of pure mathematics, the Etch range is a series of geodesic structures made of razor thin digitally etched metal sheets. The pendants feature a detailed pattern...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Tom Dixon

Materials

Brass

Slab Chair Natural
By Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
Slab is a modern dining chair, made in Lithuania using solid wood oak. In a natural finish, this dining chair is an honest piece of skilled woodwork that is both stackable and comfor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Lithuanian Modern Tom Dixon

Materials

Wood

  • Slab Chair Natural
  • Slab Chair Natural
  • Slab Chair Natural
  • Slab Chair Natural
H 17.7 in. W 19.7 in. D 20.9 in.
Beat Wide Pendant Light LED by Tom Dixon
By Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
Beat Wide is a medium-sized ceiling light in matte black and features a contrasting warm, golden interior. Made from hand spun brass sculpted by artisan craftsmen in Northern India, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Tom Dixon

Materials

Brass

Banana Chair by Tom Dixon, Produced for Cappellini, 1988
By Tom Dixon, Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
The Banana chair by Tom Dixon Design by Tom Dixon, circa 1988 Tom Dixon, (b. 1959 England - ) Manufactured by Cappellini, Italy. Wrought iron structure, lacquered in matte black,...
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1980s Italian Vintage Tom Dixon

Materials

Wrought Iron

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Tom Dixon Sellers

Royal House Antiques
4.7
Alternative Furnishings Inc.
5.0
Beaux-Arts Amsterdam
5.0

Tom Dixon furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Tom Dixon is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Tom Dixon furniture there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 21 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there are 95 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Tom Dixon's original furniture was created in modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Margit Wittig, CTO Lighting and Tom Kirk. The prices for Tom Dixon furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $180 and tops out at $35,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,945.

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