During my last trip to London I visited the Tom Dixon shop in Nottinghill. Although it is a bit out of the way, it is well worth a visit. Tom Dixon is located in an eclectic and very cool space in the wharf building at Portobello Dock. The space itself is a sight in itself with bare brick walls, the old ware house details still visible and floor to ceiling windows. The Tom Dixon furniture and lamps are of course the focal points, but there are also other brands displayed like e.g. Parisian Merci Brooklyn wallpaper (I wrote about the brand Merci here and about the wallpaper here), Aesop bath and body products, and Stuart Gardiner tea towels (I wrote about the tea towels here).
Last year, in August, I wrote an article called Bright Thinking, where I featured the black and white Beat lights. The Beat light collection is my favourite Tom Dixon collection. The lamps are inspired by brass cooking pots and traditional water vessels. They are made by Indian craftsmen. Made from brass with a black or white external paint they ooze ethnicity yet with a modern twist. They come in four shapes: wide, tall, stout and fat.
Tom Dixon’s designs are mostly of copper and brass. But he also uses a lot of stainless steel. He employs an industrial process to produce electronic parts, which allows for detailed patterns to be cut directly onto metal, creating a mass of intricate shadows when lit.