Article from the 2016-11-22, by Anja Beckmann
Brass, bronze, copper - there is perhaps no other designer as fascinated by the warm luster of these materials as Tom Dixon. And certainly no other name springs more readily to mind when you think of these tones. Anyone who thinks that Tom Dixon's lighting and furniture designs are purely for opulent interiors and dazzling luxury worlds is wrong. The simple, straightforward shapes make his objects into timeless classics which can be combined in a variety of ways. A prime example of a timeless design and pièce de résistance is the Copper Lamp.
Some people know from childhood what career they want. Tom Dixon is not one of them. Party planner, bassist, technician, musician... The Londoner discovered a passion for welding by pure chance when he was fixing up old motorbikes in his free time. It wasn't long before the then 22-year-old was reconstructing furniture and objects from scrap metal on the stage of the Titanic nightclub. That was in the 80s. His unique style of performance and open-minded experimentation opened the doors for Tom Dixon to enter the international design scene. His reputation: a creative ruffian.
Tom Dixon had found his profession. He began his first projects in the field of interior architecture and in 1987 opened his own manufactory Dixon PID, which later became known as Space. This was followed by the company Eurolounge, which he founded in 1994 to produce his own plastic products - such as the successful Jack Light. Between 1998 and 2008, the English star designer worked as an art director at the home furnishings company Habitat. While there, he created the label "Tom Dixon. The Company ". To this day, he works under this label alongside David Begg, developing customer projects in the areas of Product and Interior Design as well as designing and distributing their own furniture and furnishings.
Today, his award-winning designs aren't missing from almost any design hotel, his lights shine in the shop windows and show rooms of boutiques and adorn exclusive sales rooms. Tom Dixon is one of the most prominent designers in Britain - he works for greats such as Driade, Cappellini and Moroso and is one of the few designers who have been honoured by the Queen, receiving an OBE in 2000. What a career!
Tom Dixon reinterprets solid industrial design with a modern-glamorous flair by combining unusual materials - cast iron with a brass lampshade or marble tabletop. The autodidact lives a contemporary extravagant style with a nod to 70s style and elements of English design furniture. Despite the eccentricity, Tom Dixon can be relied on for rock-solid manufacturing, often even with traditional craftsmanship by hand.
His Copper lamp combines these characteristics like no other. The shade consists of a plastic ball, which the designer has covered with a thin layer of copper. The polycarbonate is very light and robust, the entire surface is reflected in the high-gloss surface. Together with other lamps of this kind, Copper creates a fascinating ensemble of light sources and reflections. The Copper lamps are not only available in copper plating - despite what the name may suggest - they are also available in bronze.
With his designs, Tom Dixon captures the spirit of the times: metal tones are very popular. Shining accents in the form of accessories such as vases and candlesticks, or shimmering statements such as side tables and shelves - copper, brass and bronze have long been popular with design fans. The mirror effect invites you to daydream and creates a festive ambience all year round. Especially when combined with a variety of light sources, beautiful light reflections can be achieved.
Read on to discover how multifaceted the Copper lamps can be, as well as how to integrate other designs featuring warm metal tones into any home or environment.
Industrial Chic: Fans of industrial styles can combine the warm metallic luster of the Copper lamp with wood, steel or concrete. Together with these materials, copper, brass and gold create a stark contrast in the style of an abandoned industrial building.
Delicately Combined: Warm metals such as copper and bronze harmonize beautifully with pastel colors. The result is a feminine and delicate combination, especially when mainly rosé tones are used.
Warm Accents: If the furnishings are more minimalist with cool tones, the Copper lamp can provide light for discreet comfort and warmth, without disturbing the basic tone. A highlight in a space which is otherwise withdrawn.
Vintage Look: For lovers of vintage style, copper and bronze combine beautifuly with the colours green and black, for example green velvet with a shiny black surface.
As you can see, the Copper lights and all the other extraordinary designs by Tom Dixon are not only superbly integratable into different styles, they are an enrichment that makes it possible to get something new out of a room. Enjoy the unusual combination of shine and glamour with punk and rock. You may just discover your own unique style.
Article from the 2016-11-22, by Anja Beckmann