Tom Dixon, a former bass player in the band Funkapolitan, has morphed from disco journeyman to a virtuoso of design. The O.B.E. recipient, whose works can be found in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the MOMA and the Centre Georges Pompidou, has said that he designs for longevity.
Tom Dixon, 2015
Dixon's obsession with "honest" materials began in the mid 1970s while taking Pottery and Life Drawing classes in London. After teaching himself to weld, he began turning scrap metal into functional objects, and quickly rose to prominence in the 1980s as the "talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture." During a stint at the Italian design house Cappellini, Dixon created the S-chair, a sculptural seat that today sits in New York's Museum of Modern Art.
The S-Chair, 1991
In 1993 he participated in the "greatest exhibition of British furniture design of the 20th Century" before being appointed as head of design for Habitat, later becoming Creative Director. Dixon was the public face of a collective team responsible for rejuvenating the Habitat brand. In 2002, the Tom Dixon brand was founded and since then, Dixon has expanded his design aspirations from lighting, furniture and home accessories to high profile interior design projects such as Jamie Oliver's restaurant Barbecue as well as London's Shoreditch House.
Shoreditch House, London
In 2012, he launched his accessories range at Maison et Objet, Paris, where we fell in love with his rich metal objects made from brass, copper and steel. Dixon, the guest of honour at this week's IDS16 in Toronto, has said that he wants his designs to be "anti-fashion". He must be having a laugh given the irony of his present-day status as one of the design world's most fashionable and forward-thinking trailblazers.