Tom Dixon. It’s a name that you’ve heard many times before. It’s a name that you’ve marvelled at many times before. And, it’s a name that you’ve associated with some of the finest pieces of contemporary design for so long. Which is why, this month we’re incredibly proud to introduce the design studio that, well, needs little to no introduction.
The Tom Dixon lighting and furniture collection that you see at OPUMO brings together some of our favourite Dixon designs and it incorporates a number of extraordinary objects that make usually laborious tasks, such as turning on a light or investing in a new side table, more charming and enchanting than ever before. To illustrate our point, and to put you right in the deep end of the studio's new releases, we've picked out five Tom Dixon designs that no home should be without.
This year, Tom Dixon design studio has incorporated a fresher colour palette thanks to a glossier approach to design with sharp, precise stainless steel and pop art of colours from electric blue to orange. So, naturally, we wanted to kick off this essential edit of Tom Dixon home accessories by going completely against that. As we're beginning with something that Tom Dixon is best-known for; wonderful home accessories that somehow tread the line between understated and eccentric.
The Bash collection was born from the desire for more organic, spontaneous and unpredictable design in a world swamped with mass produced, consistently well-finished objects. Essentially, it's a unique array of homeware items that you know every other house in the street won’t have. Smacked, beaten and hammered into abstract shapes for special bowls, vases and plates, each Bash accessory bears the imprint of the tools and the personality of the craftsmen. Which means they are ideal for use as a flower vase, fruit bowl or as a contemporary sculpture; basically, anything you want.
For a long time, home lighting has been a category of interior design that has moved a lot faster than the rest – pendants, standing lamps, sculptural fittings, it’s always a movement that is ahead of many of the interior design curves. Tom Dixon’s lighting isn’t so much ahead of the curve but instead its drawing out a new curve entirely. Just take a look at the Tom Dixon Melt collection and you'll understand exactly what we mean.
Building on Tom Dixon Design’s obsession with the idea of creating an imperfect, organic and naturalistic light, Melt was created in collaboration with FRONT – a Swedish design collective – and it is a half-metalised distorted spherical light that will cast an ethereal luminosity on its surroundings.
In layman terms, it’s a distorted lighting bulb that creates a mesmerising hot blown glass effect in your interior. Translucent when on and mirror-finished when off, the Tom Dixon bulb emits a mildly hypnotising light that operates on another level to any other sculptural home light that you may have your eye on. For that reason, it’s become one of the most popular Tom Dixon home designs, and one that it doesn’t matter how many times you experience it, it just gets better.
With clean simple lines and a distinctive geometric form, the understated Tom Dixon Etch Pendant Light is the most efficient Tom Dixon design in the way that it will fit most interiors a lot easier than the other sculptural designs. These geodesic pendants are formed of finely pierced flat metal sheets tabbed together like Victorian tin toys. Using digital etching methods, hence the name, the Etch light is pattered for the effective filtering of light designed to cast an intricate set of shadows. Which means Etch pendants can be hung individually over a dining table, for example, or for more dramatic effect hang them in in multiples using Dixon’s pendants system.
Sometimes the best seats, sofas and chairs come from some of the simplest solutions and in the case of the Tom Dixon Fan Chair that is certainly true. The Fan is a modern take on the classic Windsor chair, a British archetype converted to a contemporary silhouette, creating an exclamation mark in the home with semi-transparent structure that takes up minimal visual mass for a large and imposing chair. Not to mention the curved back and leather seat pad that offers comfort and support that so few chairs can compete with.
So often side tables are just that; side tables. Small, easy to move and manoeuvre tables that you can manipulate as and when you need them. The Tom Dixon Screw Side Table, however, is something altogether different. The simple, honest design – inspired by the materials and processes of the industrial revolution – is good-looking and functional in the same way that all side tables are. But its unique point of difference is its rotating top which allows for adjustable height – particularly handy when you want to keep your drink in easy reach – while remaining sturdy, durable and elegant too. Best of all, the table can be used both indoors and out – so there’s no limit to its uses around the house.
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