Tom Dixon’s lamps are his best hallmark. The British designer, awarded the title "Designer of the Year 2014" at Maison&Object fair, Tom Dixon designs and produces furniture and lighting elements with contemporary British style using the metal as inspiration in many of his design lamps creations. Tom Dixon’s lamps are made of a mouldable material that offers endless possibilities in design, materials mixing and finishes with the most brilliant parts used as elements protagonists in the environment surrounding each piece.
Copper has made a very important contribution to design’s world. Due to its characteristics it has reached the hands of a large number of industrial designers making the best of this noble material. The most famous is Tom Dixon with his large lamps shaped as shining big spheres betting for a striking and modern decoration accompanying any situation bringing its own personality. Many of Tom Dixon’s lamps are made of copper sheets moulded achieving the shape the artist wants and then they are hand polished with a blockade that provides a unique shine.
Tom Dixon lamps, copper transformed into design
The artist has made the metal his favourite material using it in almost all Tom Dixon lamps. The complicity that copper has with the light in shade and distribution it is something that can be perfectly appreciated in the design of Etch, a lamp made thinking of the electronic circuit boards made of copper and with the whole perforated surface, thus achieving small beamlines, becoming much more than a lamp, a sculpture that creates daring and suggestive environments.
Cooper lamp uses the metal as inspiration and it is able to decorate alone a room, illuminate a portion of space with a warm light or creating an effect that reflects what lies around thanks on its spherical surface.
Among Tom Dixon’s lamps, one of the most iconic designs of this designer is the number of Beat lamps, a set of lights that can be used alone or in combination attracting full attention of the environment and become protagonists.
Tom Dixon’s lamps still always being surprising designs, play with light and its effects on the environment and the reflection of the polished surfaces, the spread of hand-blown glass, his creations never go unnoticed whenever they are located.
Tom Dixon, born in Tunisia and educated in London, began his studies at the Chelsea School of Art which finally he left to join a disco group and organize parties in industrial buildings. His interests in welding made him to found with other members Creative Salvage and focus himself on developing furniture with recycled materials and preparations. Later, he began collaborating with Italian Cappellini furniture manufacturer creating the S and Bird chairs. He created the establishment Space where he sold his own and other European designers products and later founded Eurolounge, a company of plastic products company that manufactured his designs, such as Jack Light lamp, and other designers’ ones, for instance Michael Young’s designs. In 1999, Tom Dixon was appointed chief designer of Habitat company and one year later awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire).