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Friday Focus - Tom Dixon Pendant Light

The assumption that designers follow some sort of standardised, formalised route into their chosen profession is challenged by the story of Tom Dixon. Arguably the most well known of all contemporary British industrial designers, Tom Dixon is both self-taught and an archetypal self-starter. He evolved as designer from being a musician, welding elements for the stage set for his band Funkapolitan, then starting to create other objects to sell. 

He holds only honorary degrees and has made his own way in the industry. First creating the space for himself and other young designers to showcase their then countercultural work before forging a stellar career with Capellini, where he designed the iconic S Chair, and then as Creative Director of Habitat. 

Now the head of his own,  eponymous agency, two of his most recent ventures were opening new stores in Los Angeles and New York and the creation of a coworking space in a church for Clerkenwell Design Week (which was featured in our review in June).

All of these installations feature Tom's trademark clusters of pendant lighting. These elements are typical of his approach to design, combining a respect for heritage with an eye for the contemporary. The latter is exemplified in the manufacturing techniques used to create the warm, reflective finish of the copper shade. It is made by 'exploding a thin layer of pure metal onto the internal surface of a polycarbonate globe'. The resulting finish and the elegant proportionality of the full pendant are what make this product suitable for a wide range of interiors either as standalone elements or in clusters.  

To find out more about the Tom Dixon lights please click here.
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