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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.

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$1,189
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Iconic Tom Dixon "JACK LIGHT" Floor Lamp-Stool by EuroLounge, 1994
By Tom Dixon
Located in London, GB
For sale is an iconic and seminal piece of Tom Dixon design, the “Jack light”, designed in 1994 and produced by Eurolounge Ltd from 1996. This "sitting, sta...
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1990s British Post-Modern Tom Dixon

Materials

Plastic

Tom Dixon 1987 Camouflage Table
By Tom Dixon
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A stunning coffee table by Tom Dixon from 1987. It features a parquet top in oak with steel banding and steel legs. Tagged on the bottom. We’re unsure of the edition size of this tab...
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1980s British Vintage Tom Dixon

Materials

Steel

Tom Dixon 1987 Camouflage Table
Tom Dixon 1987 Camouflage Table
H 15.75 in W 65 in D 46 in
Limited Series Original Tom Dixon, Flame Cut Chair - 2000s
By Tom Dixon
Located in Renens, CH
"The idea with Flame-Cut furniture was to recreate ephemeral typologies of normally flat or fold-able items, such as poolside sun loungers, in the most heavyweight and indestructible...
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Early 2000s British Mid-Century Modern Tom Dixon

Materials

Steel

Tom Dixon Black Beat Tall Pendant Light
By Tom Dixon
Located in San Francisco, CA
The contemporary Beat Tall pendant light, designed by Tom Dixon, is made of hand spun brass in India. It is satin matte black with a shiny, gold textured interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Tom Dixon

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Metal, Brass

Tom Dixon for Cappellini Pair of "Banana" Stools, Italy 1980s
By Cappellini, Tom Dixon
Located in Naples, IT
Pair of stools from the "Banana Chair" series. Anthracite gray metal and banana fiber frame. Prod. Cappellini 1980s
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tom Dixon

Materials

Metal

Tom Dixon Wicker S-Chair Price Per Chair
By Cappellini, Marzio Cecchi, Verner Panton, Tom Dixon
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Vintage Tom Dixon S-Chair with wicker for Cappellini. Beautiful s- shape curved back. Very sensual design. Cast Iron base. Price is for one chair not a pai...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Tom Dixon

Materials

Steel

Custom Tom Dixon Linear Pendant Chandelier Set of 5, Copper and Blue
By Tom Dixon
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Custom Tom Dixon Linear pendant chandelier Set of 5, Copper and Blue. All pendants new in box. Ceiling pendant also new in box. 2 Blue Copper...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Organic Modern Tom Dixon

Materials

Acrylic

Tom Dixon Minimal Large Blue Copper Pendant Light, Limited Edition
By Tom Dixon
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tom Dixon minimal industrial blue copper large pendant light, limited edition. In high-reflective blue, copper shade takes on the weightless form of a heli...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Organic Modern Tom Dixon

Materials

Acrylic

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Tom Dixon S Chair
Tom Dixon S Chair
Average Price
$1,048
Number Available
5
Tom Dixon S Chair
By Tom Dixon
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Copper
Styles
Modern
Seeming to defy gravity, the S-chair springs upward from its base in a sinuous, fluid flourish. It’s a sculptural yet practical masterpiece by British designer Tom Dixon (b. 1959), who saw it go into production through a collaboration with Italian manufacturer Cappellini in 1991. It began as a sketch that had bird-like qualities.“I have often been asked what the inspiration was behind the S-chair and, honestly, the only memory I have is of drawing a small doodle of a chicken . . . and thinkin...
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Tom Dixon furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Tom Dixon furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Tom Dixon furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 19 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 51 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Tom Dixon were created in the modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Tino Seubert, Michael Young, and Margit Wittig. Prices for Tom Dixon furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $195 and can go as high as $29,875, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,470.
Questions About Tom Dixon
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Tom Dixon originally created the S chair in the mid-1980s. The chair is characterized by its welded steel frame and woven rush upholstery. Shop a collection of Tom Dixon’s designs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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