Tom Dixon Furniture

Tom Dixon (U.K., 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 founded by Alvar Aalto. 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. “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 these pages, the designs of Tom Dixon have a singular allure that makes them a noteworthy element in any room.

Pair of Tom Dixon "Kitchen", Designed 1989
Pair of Tom Dixon "Kitchen", Designed 1989
Tom Dixon
Vintage 1980s English Brutalist Side Chairs
Metal
We really stay away from the word "Rare" but this fits the item in this case. You will be hard pressed to find one, but one original pair of the documented "Kitchen" chair. The chair...
Tom Dixon Minimal Industrial Copper Tall Pendant Light , Contemporary, British
Tom Dixon Minimal Industrial Copper Tall Pendan...
Tom Dixon, Tom Dixon
21st Century and Contemporary English Minimalist Chandeliers and Pendants
Plastic
The original, familiar sphere gets squashed then stretched to create a new pair of complimentary forms in the trademark mirrored copper. The revised shapes allow new clusters to be f...
Steel Etch Web Spherical Contemporary Pendant by Tom Dixon
Steel Etch Web Spherical Contemporary Pendant b...
Tom Dixon
2010s English Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants
Stainless Steel
The Etch Web Pendant Light is a vast shade with an unusual open structure, designed to cast atmospheric angular shadows when lit. Another experiment in Tom Dixon's long-running explo...
Set of 8 "Fan" Dining Chairs Black Designed by Tom Dixon, United Kingdom, 2010
Set of 8 "Fan" Dining Chairs Black Designed by ...
Tom Dixon
2010s British Dining Room Chairs
Oak
Set of eight dining chairs. Model "Fan" designed by Tom Dixon. Structure made of oak with black lacquered finish. Black faux leather upholstery on seats.  
Tom Dixon Blow Light Mod. COS02 Out of Production
Tom Dixon Blow Light Mod. COS02 Out of Production
Tom Dixon
Late 20th Century Italian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants
Plastic
Industrial pendant "Blow LightMod. No. TD COS02" by the famous British designer Tom Dixon. Material: polycarbonate No longer in production. Two pieces available.
Tom Dixon Prototype Chaise, United Kingdom, 1997
Tom Dixon Prototype Chaise, United Kingdom, 1997
Tom Dixon
Late 20th Century British Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures
Plastic
Tom Dixon prototype chaise, United Kingdom, 1997. Extruded plastic. This work is one of two unique prototypes made for Cappellini. The form was never put into production and is the o...
Beat Pendant, Model BLA01EU, in the Color Black and in Brass by Tom Dixon
Beat Pendant, Model BLA01EU, in the Color Black...
Tom Dixon
Vintage 1970s European Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Beat pendant, model BLA01EU, in the color black and in brass designed by Tom Dixon. The lamp is in great vintage condition.
"S-Chair" by English Designer Tom Dixon for Cappellini
"S-Chair" by English Designer Tom Dixon for Cap...
Tom Dixon
Late 20th Century Italian Chairs
Metal
The S-chair, an iconic chair that represents one of designer Tom Dixon' s first big hits. Produced in Italy by legendary furniture company Cappellini since 1991. This chair has its s...
Tom Dixon Swarovski Crystal Palace Chandelier
Tom Dixon Swarovski Crystal Palace Chandelier
Tom Dixon
Early 2000s British Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Crystal, Chrome
A rare limited edition Tom Dixon designed chandelier for Swarovski for the Crystal Palace collection. The chandelier is composed of a polished chrome fixture with hundreds of large S...
Tom Dixon Armchair, "Baby Fat" Model, Cappellini Edition
Tom Dixon Armchair, "Baby Fat" Model, Cappellin...
Tom Dixon
1990s Italian Post-Modern Armchairs
Straw, Iron
Tom Dixon armchair, "Baby Fat" model - Cappellini edition, circa 1990.
Bird Chaise Lounge by Tom Dixon
Bird Chaise Lounge by Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
1990s English Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Steel, Upholstery, Wood
The very rare and unusual furniture typology of the rocking chaise longue is explored here in a monolithic form, carefully balanced to encourage a gentle rocking motion with its gent...
Extremely Rare Etch Pendants by Tom Dixon
Extremely Rare Etch Pendants by Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
21st Century and Contemporary Chandeliers and Pendants
These extremely rare etch pendants by Tom Dixon are made from brass sheets, on which the pattern of holes is first photo-etched, then dissolved with acid. The brass is lacquered to p...
Black Pendant by Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
Vintage 1950s English Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
A matte black enameled brass lamp with hand beat detail on brass interior and a smooth exterior. Cord length is 6' and can be adjusted.  
Tom Dixon, Colonna Vase, Salviati 2004, Out Pro...
Tom Dixon, Salviati
Early 2000s Italian Modern Vases
Glass
Colonna vase designed by Tom Dixon and produced by Salviati in 2004. Exhibited at Tingo design gallery in 2008 for the exhibition Murano a go-go, out production. With certificate of ...
Pylon Chair by Tom Dixon in Royal Blue Metal La...
Tom Dixon
21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Armchairs
Steel
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. T...
“Fat” Iron Chair by Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon, Cappellini
Late 20th Century Italian Armchairs
Iron
“Fat” iron chair by Tom Dixon. Frame stands alone as a very striking sculpture of painted iron.
Rubber S-Chair by Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
1990s British Modern Chairs
Rubber, Steel
The rubber S-chair was designed in 1991 by British designer, Tom Dixon. The design features a tubular steel frame with black rubber strips from Bicycle tires, about 1" wide, wrapping...
Pair of Tom Dixon "Spot" Tables
Tom Dixon
Early 2000s English Modern End Tables
The Spot Tables are enamel coated tables that consist of a heavy weighted base. Coated in heavy duty vitreous enamel, an ultra hygienic and Industrial process in which particles of g...
Pair of White Tom Dixon "Spot" Tables
Tom Dixon
21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Side Tables
The Spot tables are enamel coated tables that consist of a heavy weighted base. Coated in heavy duty vitreous enamel, an ultra hygienic and Industrial process in which particles of g...
Etch Tower US by Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
21st Century and Contemporary British Floor Lamps
Brass
An acid etched led floor light inspired by the logic of pure mathematics. Etch Light is made up of 0.4 mm digitally etched brass sheets. The detailed pattern creates a mass of intric...
Tom Dixon's Pylon Chair; blue alluminium, made ...
Tom Dixon
1990s Italian Industrial Chairs
Steel
Steel wire, natural aluminum, black felt feet pads. Design by Tom Dixon, 1992. Made in Italy by Cappellini. The Pylon chair features steel wire, lacquered in blue natural aluminum.
Five Tom Dixon for Salviati Vases
Salviati, Tom Dixon
Late 20th Century Italian Vases
Blocky, rectangular forms executed in thick layers of cased glass. Fully signed Tom Dixon for Salviati. Four measure approximately 6 x 3.25 x 11"h, while the last is 6 x 6 x 9.5"h.
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