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Tom DIXON

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Tom Dixon Chronological Order of Work

1983.
· Introduction to oxy-acetylene welding at Paul Richman’s Garage in Clapham Junction.
· First experiments in furniture using found objects from Chelsea harbour steelyard including iron tread-plate, gas fittings, industrial nuts & bolts and truck brake discs.
· Introduction to arc welding.

1984.
· Creative Salvage show with Mark Brazier Jones and Nick Jones. Rents a shop-front in Kensington High Street for a week. On Monday collects a large pile of scrap metal and opens first show having welded the whole lot into furniture and objects throughout the week. On Friday night almost sells out. Show is deemed huge success.

1985.
· Moves away from found objects to selected industrial goods - plumbing pipe, cooking implements, metal spinnings etc.
· Abandons life in night club world for full time career in manufacturing.

1986.
· First solo show at Ron Arads "one off" shop in Neale street.
· Craft Council show "New Spirit" and first showings abroad.

1987.
· First prototype of S-chair.
· Exploration of industrial manufacturing using ventilation engineers for minimalist galvanised sheet steel line.

1988.
· Solo show at gallery Yves Gastou in Paris

1989.
· Show in April in Milan at Corso Como 10 with Mark Newson and Kris Ruhs.
· First Cappellini production of S-chairs.
· First Bird Loungers and Pylon series produced.
· Kitchen chair bought by Brooklyn Museum.

1990.
· Experiment with lighter-weight structures inspired by early 3-d wire-frame computer programmes and bridge engineering to produce Pylon Series.

1991.
· Solo show in London "51 chairs and a Fishtank" at Brompton Cross.
· S-chair bought for V&A collection.

1992.
· Move to Vauxhall Studio.
· Show in Wooster St, NY Comme des Garcons shop.
· Bull chair bought by Centre Beaubourg (Pompidou).

1993.
· Show in Nurenburg.
· Rush collection bought for Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art.

1994.
· Vauxhall studio employing 12 people involved in batch production for international clientele.
· Shop fitting work for Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Jigsaw, Nigel Coates, Katherine Hamnett etc.

1995.
· Space shop opens as showcase for Dixon’s work and work of other young designers
· Mail Order Catalogue for Japanese market.

1996.
· Eurolounge instigated to enable Plastic Lighting collection to be industrially produced in UK.
· Show in Beirut.
· Jack lamp launched.

1997.
· Jack lamp purchased for permanent collection of V&A.
· S-chair purchased for permanent collection of Museum of modern art New York.
· Eurolounge show in Milan Furniture Fair with Inflate. "The Italian Job".

1998.
· Joins Habitat as Head of Design UK.

1999.
· Appointed Head of Design International, Habitat.
· Jack awarded Millennium Product Marque by British Government.

2000.
· Awarded Order of the British Empire for services to Innovation and Design.

2001.
· Appointed Habitat Creative Director.
· Fresh Fat Plastic exhibition first seen in Selfridges, London followed by Milan, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne
· Foray into design of sex toys with Myla.

2002.
· Formation of "Tom Dixon", The Company, for design and manufacture.
· Launch of room divider screen at Milan furniture fair and 100% Design.
· Fresh Fat Plastic shown in both British Museum and V&A London. Range of Fresh Fat Plastic products launched

2003.
· Swarovski chandelier launched in Paris.
· Launch of Four new products at Milan furniture Fair.
· Crafts Council 30:30 anniversary exhibition.
· Chaplins, London retail store host’s ’After Milan exhibition’.
· British Council exhibition, China.
· British Embassy exhibition at Japanese Designers Week, Tokyo.
· 100% Design, London.
· Design Museum Biennale ’Somewhere Else’, London.

2004.
· ’Brilliant’, Victoria and Albert Museum Contemporary Space, London.
· Honorary Doctorate from UCE - University of Central England, Birmingham.


multifunctional light Cone Light
© Gideon Hart

pendant light shade Copper Shade
© Gideon Hart

flexible dividing wall Extendable Screen
© Gideon Hart

pendant, floor and table light Felt Shade
© Gideon Hart

chairs, table, bowl Fresh Fat
© A. Cameron

multi functional pendant, standing, table and floor lamp Mirror Balls
© Gideon Hart

dining chair Tall Chair
© Gideon Hart

multifunctional pendant/table light Snap
© Gideon Hart

collection of furniture Soft System
© Gideon Hart

chair Wire
© A. Cameron

sitting, stacking, lighting thing Jack light
© Gideon Hart

occasional, dining or desk chair Pylon

occasional or dining chair S-Chair

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