With a psychedelic punch, the vases in Tom Dixon's marbleized Swirl series allow branches and flowers to cantilever out dramatically. Stem, Small and Medium vases are inspired by Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, while the stacked Swirl Vase echoes the geometry elsewhere in the collection. Recycling powdered residue from marble manufacturing and mixing it with pigment and resin in the designer's proprietary process creates the solid blocks of material that are then shaped by cutting and hand-turning on a lathe. Essentially functional works of art, each of the vases is equally striking left unfilled—and completely unique in its patterning.
17.7" h x 5.9" w x 5.9" d (45x15x15cm)
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.