Tom Dixon


Born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to England in 1963. Educated in London he dropped out of Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band Funkapolitan before teaching himself welding.  Tom rose to prominence in the mid 1980's as "the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". He set up ‘Space’ as a creative think-tank and shop front for himself and other young designers. By the late 1980's, he was working for the Italian giant Cappellini for whom he designed the Iconic ‘S’ chair. By the 1990's, he was practically a household name and Jack, his polypropolene "sitting, stacking, lighting thing" designed for his own company ‘Eurolounge’ was a symbol of the age.

Tom Dixon was appointed as head of design by Habitat in 1998 later became Creative Director until 2008. He was the public face of a collective team responsible for driving forward the Habitat brand. To maintain Conran's dream of enriching everyday life through simple, modern design and creating a shopping experience that is theatrical and intimate.
 
In 2000, Tom's work was recognised by the award of an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen. Throughout his career Tom has held many exhibitions of his work across the globe. Pieces have been acquired by the world’s most famous museums and are now in permanent collections across the globe from the Victoria & Albert Museum through to Museums in New York, Boston, Paris & Tokyo. Tom’s early pieces are collected and change hands at auction houses around the globe.  Since setting up his own eponymous design company in 2002 with business partner David Begg, Dixon’s work has entered the international major league through renowned shows at major venues like the Milan Salone & London Design Museum, and high-profile projects like Shoreditch House.
The Tom Dixon brand gave Tom a platform for iconic designs such as ‘Mirror Ball, Rubber Band chair, Fresh Fat Plastic, Wire Series and Beat light.

In 2004 Proventus, the Swedish-based private investment company, teamed up with Tom Dixon to establish Design Research. A design and product development holding company it includes
Artek the iconic, modernist company created in 1935 by Alvar Aalto in Finland. Dixon now acts as the Creative Director of both Artek and Tom Dixon and David Begg the CEO of the group.


2008
  Awarded Designer of the Year 2008 by Architektur and WohnenMagazine.
Guest speaker at IDS Show Toronto
Launches first ‘Shop’ by Tom Dixon in Canada at Klaus by Nienkamper
Shop’ by Tom Dixon launches at ABC Carpet & Home showing for the first time in the US the full Tom Dixon collection and new 2008 collection
My Design District, Lausanne Switzerland
Tom Dixon launches display at Rosita new gallery space, Bilbao Spain
Tom Dixon showcase as part of 100% Design Shanghai
‘Flame’ limited edition collection at Sudeley Castle
100% Design
Launch of Tom Dixon by George Smith new upholstery collection during London Design Festival
Design Miami 3rd – 5th December
Paramount opens, private member bars and restaurant designed by Design Research Studio on top three floors of Centrepoint the iconic London landmark – November 2008
Tom Dixon launches at Terry Furniture, Northern Ireland

2007 Wins Conde Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Awards: Best Retail
Design for Habitat Regent Street (April)
Tom awarded a doctorate from the University of the Arts, London
Exhibiting for the first time at ICFF in USA (19th – 22nd May)
Won Best Lighting in Show at Editor’s Awards ICFF
Fresh Fat in permanent exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Tom Dixon takes part in the in Design Miami/Basel in Basel, Switzerland - producing on site Fresh Fat Chair
Launches US division of Tom Dixon with warehouse in New Jersey
Tom Dixon USA stand alone exhibitions in Limn Seattle and San Francisco, and Twentieth Los Angeles
Takes over North Terrace on Trafalgar Square with low energy light installation (17th – 19th September) in conjunction with London Design
Festival. Organises ‘Great Light Giveaway’ of 1000 lights with low energy light bulb to general public
Appointed Creative Director of 100% Design, 20th – 24th September, TD also exhibits
Tom launches new martini glass design for Bombay Sapphire
Guest speaker at BODW, Hong Kong

2006
Launch of new products at Milan Furniture Fair – including first showing of ‘Beat lights’
World’s longest sofa created (55M) at Malpensa airport
Nominated for Designer of the Year – Design Museum
Chair Grab installation in Trafalgar Square
100% Design, London
Elle Decoration – Winner of the Best New Accessory award – for Spin candelabra
Lacoste launch Ltd Edition T-shirt series
2005 Cologne Furniture Fair
Launch of new products at Milan Furniture Fair - first showing of the ‘rubber band chair’
Elle Decoration – Winner of Best International Lighting Design Award – Mirror Ball
Launch of Tokyo Hipsters Club, Tokyo
Trafalgar Square - 75 metres long rubber band stretch system made from 12,000 super size rubber bands
100% Design, London
Elected “UK Designer of the Year” by Elle Decoration

2004
 ‘Brilliant’, Victoria and Albert Museum Contemporary Space,    London.
Property launch exhibition, New York.
Honorary Doctorate from UCE – University of Central England, Birmingham.
Launch of new products at Milan Furniture Fair – first showing of ’Wire chair and wire series’.
Merger with Artek.
Jerwood shortlist at the Design Council, London.
100% Design, London
Twinkle Twinkle, British Council, Tokyo.
CIX launch exhibition, Tokyo.

2003
 Swarovski chandelier launched in Paris.
Launch of new products at Milan furniture Fair – includes first showing of ‘Mirror Ball’.
Crafts Council 30:30 anniversary exhibition.
Chaplins, London retail store host’s ‘After Milan exhibition’.
British Council exhibition, China.
British Embassy exhibition at Japanese Designers Week, Tokyo.
100% Design, London.
Design Museum Biennale ‘Somewhere Else’, London.

2002
 Links with partner David Begg and forms “Tom Dixon”, The Company, for design and manufacture.
Launch of room divider screen at Milan Furniture Fair and 100% Design.
Fresh Fat Plastic shown in both British Museum and V&A Museum, London. Range of Fresh Fat Plastic products launched

2001
 Appointed Habitat Creative Director.
Fresh Fat Plastic exhibition first seen in Selfridges, London followed by Milan, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne
Foray into design of sex toys with Myla.

2000
 Awarded Order of the British Empire for services to                       Innovation and Design.

1999
 Appointed Head of Design International, Habitat.
Jack awarded Millennium Product Marque by British Government.

1998
 Joins Habitat as Head of Design UK.

1997
 Jack lamp purchased for permanent collection of V&A.
S-chair purchased for permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York.

 

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