Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon is a self-taught designer-maker, who’s created some of the most iconic furniture and lighting designs of the last 35 years, including as well as stints as Head of Design for Habitat and Finnish Firm Artek.

Tom Dixon OBE

NOISE Curator, Product Design 2008

 

Tom Dixon is a self-taught designer-maker, who’s created some of the most iconic furniture and lighting designs of the last 35 years, including as well as stints as Head of Design for Habitat and Finnish Firm Artek.

Born in Tunisia in 1959, Tom grew up in London from the age of four and fell into his now, successful design career by accident. In fact, it was a series of motorbike accidents, that he says left him with “time on his hands,”, whilst recovering from his injuries.  He attended Chelsea Art School for six months before the first accident cut short his artistic ambitions. Tom spent two years as a musician, until another accident left him unable to play. In his 20’s, he organised warehouse parties which left him with spare time in the day to practice welding, through skills he’ds picked up whilst fixing his bike.

As a self-educated maverick (his only qualification is a one-day course in plastic bumper repair), Tom dismisses the need for formal education when it comes to design, and instead stresses the importance of making something that is both unique and desirable – the perfect ethos for a NOISE Curator!

During the 90’s, he designed objects and interiors for the likes of Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ralph Lauren and Vivienne Westwood. Tom's work is in collections of at London's V&A, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the MOMA in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the Vitra in Basle.

Tom won the Millennium Mark for Great British Design in 1998 and was awarded an OBE for services to British Design in 2000. Tom currently leads his own design company and partners with leading brands including Blackberry, Veuve Clicquot and Lacoste.

 

NOISEfestival.com is an interesting, newer way of presenting work and I think it touches the modern world. It also allows this decentralisation that people talk about so much to actually happen and so if it’s a faster route to new talent then that’s a great thing.”

Tom Dixon

 



“The same work recognised by Tom Dixon at NOISE is now part of the ‘INDEX awards – Design to improve life’. The fact that the work was recognised by NOISE gave me the confidence to apply for other awards and funding to support my projects.”

Chris Natt, Tom Dixon NOISE Curator Choice for Product Design 2008

 



NOISE has been great for coverage of my work and for boosting my confidence too. I mean, my work was selected by Tom Dixon as a Curator Choice piece, AND I was selected for a placement at Hemingway Design! It makes you believe in yourself a bit more; it's great as a bit of reassurance that you're doing something right.”

Abby Bazier, Tom Dixon NOISE Curator Choice for Product Design 2008



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