Iconic pieces: 7 signature designs by award-winning British designer Tom Dixon
A maverick in many ways, self-taught industrial designer Tom Dixon knows how to infuse a sense of humour and edginess in the often serious world of design. We curate 7 signature pieces by him that we love.
1. Mirror Ball pendant lamp
A true signature Tom Dixon piece, the Mirror Ball is inspired by the space helmet and disco balls. Tom had originally hoped that the Mirror Ball’s highly polished surface would become invisible by reflecting its surrounding, but it ended up doing the polar opposite. By mirroring the room, and because of its shiny material, it became highly visible instead. Its success story is uplifting to all wannabe designers: Sometimes your biggest failures could be your biggest successes.
When Tom Dixon approached Ikea for a collaboration, he wanted to make a coffin, although the Swedish furniture giant thought better of it. The compromise resulted in Delaktig, a customisable bed-sofa-armchair that Dixon dubs ‘a platform for living’. Released early this year, you can also get higher end accessories to dress yours up from Tom’s site. Read about our interview with Tom and James Futcher, IKEA's creative leader here.