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Design by Tom Dixon.
Cast Glass- These heavyweight lights pay homage to an industrial process. A direct contrast to the artisan association of hand-blown glass, the process involves compressing molten glass into a hollow-core mold which is then annealed in a kiln. Rarely used in contemporary design, the process results in an incredibly hard-wearing object.
Made from cast glass, the Bowl bears the inclusions and imperfections of the manufacturing process. Black ceiling canopy and fittings.
Dimensions: 7.7"D X 3.9"H; 98" field-cuttable clear cord
Lamp Type: incandescent
Bulbs: 1 X 40W 120V E26 (medium base) A19 Silver Bowl Clear incandescent (not included)
Born in Sfax, Tunisia in 1959, to a French/Latvian mother and an English father, Tom Dixon moved to England aged four and spent his school years in London. He dropped out of Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band Funkapolitan before teaching himself welding and going on to produce furniture.
Tom rose to prominence in the mid 1980's as "the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". He set up 'Space' as a creative think-tank and shop front for himself and other young designers. By the late 1980's, Tom Dixon's international reputation grew, he was approached by Italian furniture design company, Cappellini, for whom he desinged the Iconic "S" chair. In the 1990's, he became a household name and Jack, his polypropylene "sitting, stacking, lighting thing" designed for his own company Eurolounge was a symbol of the age.
Tom Dixon's appointment as Head of the UK design studio at the furniture retailer Habitat in 1998 was considered controversial. He came from a self-employed background instead of a corporate culture and was never considered "establishment". Tom Dixon led the company through its biggest makeover and quickly won recognition by becoming Head of International Design in 1999 and Creative Director in 2001. He was the public face of a collective team responsible for rejuvenating the Habitat brand, while maintaining Terence Conran's dream of enriching everyday life through simple, modern design and creating a shopping experience that is theatrical and intimate.
In 2000, Tom's work was recognized by the award of an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen. His works have also been acquired by the world's most famous museums and are now in permanent collections across the globe including Victoria and Albert Museum, Museums of Modern Art New York and Tokyo and Centre Beaubourg (Pompidou).
"Honestly, I can't remember ever holding an ambition to be a designer. It just slowly came over me as I rejected notions of being an artist or, a craftsman. Even today I prefer the idea of being an industrialist."- Tom Dixon.
Established in 2002, Tom Dixon is a British design and manufacturing company of lighting and furniture. With a recognised commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the Tom Dixon brand is inspired by the unique heritage, the individualistic innovation and the robust, no nonsense engineering of these small islands. In 2004 Proventus, the Swedish-based private investment company, teamed up with Tom Dixon to establish Design Research, a design and product development holding company. Tom Dixon launches new collections annually at the Milan international furniture fair and product is sold across 61 countries.
If you like Tom Dixon's work, buy it....you won't be disappointed
All of the pressed glass fixtures are amazing. I bought all three. I had to buy "Tube" at another location as Y Lighting couldn't get it for some time..... not sure why?? The other pieces were in stock. Shipping for one piece was super fast, then I had to wait for another week bf the other 2 came in??!!
The glass is a little green but it speaks to the origin of the fixture. Note that the glass is rather heavy but it give that feeling of quality that will last a life time.....heirloom quality.
All of TD's pieces feel like collectors items. I used an antique Edison style bulb which created even more depth in the glass when lit.
By: M.K., Designer (MA)
I am anxious to get the pendants hung. They arrived beautifully packed and look to be exactly what the pictures say.
Can't wait to see them up.
By: Lori S., Homeowner (portland, or)
Distinctive and well made
I really like this light. It has a modern retro look, is extremely well made, and is substantial (this thing will not break. If it falls on my dining room table I think the table will break first).
Additional comments: The glass has a slight greenish tint to it. The installation is straightforward but another set of hands will make it easier.
By: Andrew W., Designer (Kailua, HI, USA)
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