Tom Dixon Biography - ArtLyst
Tom Dixon is a British designer Born in Tunisia. He 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.
With a recognised commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the Tom Dixon brand is inspired by the unique heritage, the individualistic innovation and the robust, no nonsense engineering of these small islands.
Today the Tom Dixon portfolio consists of over 45 products of lighting and furniture. Product is sold through a large network of dealers in over 52 countries world-wide. The brand launches new collections annually at major international venues such as the Milan Furniture Fair, ICFF and 100% Design London. In 2005, Tom Dixon created a public installation of 80 meters of public seating based around a rubber theme to celebrate the launch of the London Design festival and in 2006 the seating theme was extended with the 'Chair Grab', 500 polystyrene chairs were given to the general public.
In 2007, Tom Dixon organised the 'Great Light Giveaway' of 1000 lights with a low energy bulb to the general public, bringing further awareness to the use of CFL's and sustainability within design.