Two years as a professional musician, playing bass guitar in Funkapolitan, a disco band, taught Tom Dixon the fundamentals of creativity and commerce in the public eye.
The welded salvage furniture quickly found a clientele and as a result Dixon evolved seamlessly over the next few years from welder to craftsman to designer.
A doodle of a chicken turned into an idea for a chair, that went through a series of mutations and resulted in the S-chair. An unusually sculptural seat that took Dixon from self-production into the Italian luxury goods industry, and from there into the permanent collection of the Museum Of Modern Art in NYC.
This Spiral Light was probably his first real lamp and parked off an enduring passion and interest in lighting objects
Experiments with lightweight structures inspired by early 3-D wire-frame computer programs and bridge engineering to produce Pylon Series.
Tom finally gets a proper day job – first as Head of Design, then as Creative Director at £500 million turnover retail legend Habitat which was owned by ikea.
The Tom Dixon brand is founded in London and production starts on a line of extruded plastic products, Fresh Fat
The interior design division is established as Design Research Studio to deliver high concept interiors, architectural design and large scale installations under the creative direction of Tom Dixon
Tom becomes part owner and Creative Director of the iconic Finnish furniture company Artek. The development of the company is initiated with a variety of projects including collaborations with Eero Arnio, the putting back into production of Alvar Aalto’s lighting collections, the recycling project Second Cycle and pavilions with Shiguru Ban.
In September 2005, as part of London Design Festival, the rubber band was given an entirely new purpose by Tom Dixon. His idea was to apply it as upholstery to a giant public bench installed in London’s Trafalgar Square.
12,000 super size rubber bands were used, wrapped around a ready-made 75 metre industrial bench system by Kee Klamp ltd
Making a polystyrene chair has given me the opportunity to fulfil an ambition to make design available to all; this time literally, by giving away hundreds of these chairs to Londoners with absolutely no chains attached."
New York office and distribution centre opens, taking Tom Dixon to an American audience and kick starting our global ambition.
The idea with Flame-Cut furniture was to recreate ephemeral typologies of normally flat or fold-able items, such as poolside sun loungers, in the most heavyweight and indestructible material material possible.
The adidas by Tom Dixon collection uniquely reflects both adidas’ forward-thinking technologies and Dixon’s inventive style. The teaming up of Tom Dixon and adidas is an opportunity for grand exploration into the sport’s world expertise in performance, matched with British ingenuity, both representing unique craftsmanship and innovation.
The retail adventures move to a new level with the opening of first concession at Harrods in London. The concession features items from our lighting, furniture and accessories range.
At Milan Design Week they took over an abandoned theatre in central Milan to launch their 2015 collection, showcasing their latest designs to 17,000 visitors over six days.
With Melt, our experiments in the technologically advanced field of vacuum metallisation takes on a new twist.
It is a bicoastal collaboration: the first retail presence in Los Angeles and a larger-scale showroom on Howard Street in NYC's SoHo neighbourhood.
Last year at Milan's Salone del Mobile, Tom Dixon and Caesarstone have collaborated to create THE RESTAURANT - a series of extraordinary, sculptural kitchens.