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Rare Pair of 2007 George Smith Kilim Tom Dixon Wing Back Armchairs

$16,694.38per set


We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning pair of fully restored original edition 2007 Tom Dixon George Smith wingback armchairs with Kilim upholstery RRP £18,000 I have two pairs of these, the second pair is upholstered in George Smith paisley upholstery and are listed under my other items Inspired by the traditional 17th century wingback and balloon-back archetypes, first prototyped as one of several British club chairs destined for the infamous Shoreditch House Members Club, a place where fun and work, drinking and eating merge seamlessly. The original idea was to design 6 contemporary mismatching archetypical club chairs, full size silhouettes were sketched on oversize bits of wallpaper and cardboard maquettes cobbled up with glue guns before being prototyped by master upholsterer George Smith. The wingback was the clear winner and made its debut in 2007, remastered for maximum comfort and engineered efficiency. This chair is the full sized original 2007 edition made with an oak and beechwood frame, not to be confused with the much small steel framed chairs These have been fully restored and reupholstered as you can see, they are absolutely exquisite, exceptionally comfortable, they simply scream style elegance and charm from every angle Dimensions: Height 126cm Width 73.5cm Depth 99cm Seat height 43cm Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses Condition Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade.


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Tom Dixon

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. “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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