Swirl Stepped Candleholder
Like a stack of pretty bon-bon boxes, Swirl's marbleized motif gets triple play in Tom Dixon's column-like candelabra. Though the color-way is the same, each the forms is uniquely patterned via the designer's proprietary material which employs recycled powdered marble residue in a mix of pigment and resin. The top cylinder of the trio holds a standard candle and the bottom can pulled apart to contain a separate votive—and all of the pieces are hand-lathed, with a silky smooth texture and appreciable weightiness.
3.5" h x 5.5" w x 3.5" d (9x14x9cm)
Marble powder, pigment, resin
Clean with a soft dry cloth. Do not use polishing agents, water or abrasive materials when cleaning.
“If there are rules to design, I don’t know what they are,” declares self-taught Tom Dixon. This Tunisian-born Brit started out with stints painting cartoons, as a printer, then bass player in a disco-funk outfit. But it was honing his welding skills in an auto body repair shop that led to a design breakthrough, the now revered S Chair for Cappellini. From there, after several years helming design at the iconic Habitat during its prime years, he established his eponymous brand in 2002 and with it a body of near-unrivaled work.
Tom Dixon is synonymous with the idiosyncratic sensibilities that inform so much of British aesthetics, yet by a beat all his own. He challenges with his use of materials in unexpected applications, and reworkings of otherwise conventional classics into elegant gems. His remarkable creative output covers a wide swath of categories, among them at A+R, his lighting, furniture, décor, tabletop and barware. Tom also manages to extend his exhaustive vision to hotels, restaurants—including his own at this wonderful campus at the Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross—and the odd home. For good reason this OBE’s design work now resides in the collections of the V&A, MoMA and the Pompidou.