British design savant Tom Dixon says he’s obsessed with cork these days and repurposes his “dream material” for a dining table with a characteristic chunky look. Charred a rich blackish-brown, it’s sustainably sourced from the cork tree’s renewable bark and then granulated and mixed with a small amount of polyurethane resin to take full advantage of its natural elasticity, sound absorption and waterproof qualities. The cork can still be continually recycled and even the dust from the production is used to power the furnaces in the factories.
Tom’s inviting rectangular table is fashioned from cork veneer over a plywood and cardboard frame to prevent warping. Elegantly sculptural, it features a thickly proportioned tabletop and a dual pedestal base.
29.5" h x 118.1" w x 37.4" d (75x300x95cm)
Cork, MDF, Plywood, card
“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.