In an ever-chic black and white whirl, Tom Dixon creates a cone-like candleholder in his Swirl series. The designer's medium is a proprietary mix of pigment and resin which contains recycled marble residue from manufacturing to form an entirely new material. With a beautifully smooth texture and nicely considered weightiness, each piece is uniquely patterned and painstakingly hand-lathed to achieve its strikingly rounded shape.
8.7" h x 3.4" w x 3.4" d (22x8.6x8.6cm)
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.