Well known as a highly original British furniture designer capable of combining fantasy and utility, Tom Dixon injected a freshness into the Habitat chain of stores following his appointment as its art director in 1998. With a background in nightclub design in the early 1980s, he first emerged as a designer with a post‐industrial outlook, his work taking on a strongly sculptural feel in its adoption of ready‐made industrial objects or scrap that were welded together in the fabrication of furniture and fittings. Indicating such tendencies in its title he established his Creation Salvage studio in 1985. Amongst significant early commissions were Rococo chocolate boutique (with André Dubreuil) in fashionable Kings Road, London (1985), and a chandelier and capitals for Nigel Coates's Metropole restaurant in Tokyo (1987). In 1991 he established his space studio, which, in 1994, became the Space Shop. In the 1990s he established a wider reputation through closer association with internationally renowned furniture manufacturers such as Cappellini (established 1946) in Italy. Many Capellini‐commissioned products had a pronounced sculptural feel, as seen in Dixon's critique of the flowing lines of Italian furniture of the 1950s in his 1992 Bird Chair and ‘S’ Chair, the latter in wicker and rush on a steel frame.
Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.