Design by Tom Dixon, and introduced to the US market in 2007.
The design and inception of the Beat Lights originated from a field trip to India that Tom Dixon took his Royal College students on. Their mission was to investigate how design affects the livelihood of different cultures and peoples. They spent days with local tinkerers, brass beaters and marble workers. It was there that they discovered a method of metal manufacturing that appealed to them because of its heritage and unique aesthetic. The Beat Lights employ these traditional techniques in their production.
Inspired by the shapes of traditional Indian water vessels. Beat Light - Wide is a pendant made from spun brass with a hand-beaten interior. The exterior is a black painted finish. Includes black metal 4.9"D ceiling canopy. Provides direct illumination.
Material(s): beaten brass
Dimensions: 14.2"D x 6.3"H; 98" black cable.
Lamp Type: halogen
Bulbs: 1 X 25W 120V G9 frosted halogen lamp (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.
Beautiful design but no light.
The design is beautiful, especially in a group of the other beat lights but beware that the light is only designed to light up the interior of the light itself, not the rest of the room. As long as you don't need to light a room, or even an accent table, these look very nice hanging from your ceiling. If you want to save money, don't even bother wiring them.
By: J.D., Designer (New Jersey)
Sharp Statement Piece
Always been a fan of Tom Dixon designs. These lamps are modern, well made, and very inspired. I used them in a 'hand built' type residence where attention to artisan detailing made all the difference. The hand hammered brass interior lends texture and contrast to the smooth matte black finished exterior of the lamp.
I am always a firm believer in design value and "design for all." It is unfortunate that these gems are so pricey. This is the only downside in my opinion.
By: Justin F., Homeowner (Orlando, FL)
Such a stylish light! Bought this to be a focal point in a small room.
By: Valerie L., (Park City, UT, USA)
sleek and strong...simple elegance with a groovy edge
this fixture is great because it's very durable and sturdy. the shape and design and materials are so simple but the fixture has just enough edge to make it a definite statement piece. we used these in multiples which looks great, but they also look just as good by themselves. since the underside is brass it gives a glow to the light. the shape of this dixon pendant, along with the other shapes from this line, will no doubt stand the test of time and be just as relevant in 50 years as they are now....great design, great fixture.
By: Lauren D., Renter (nyc)
After drooling over this lamp for a while I finally jumped in and bought it. It was shipped very quickly and I was super pleased when I opened it. Just as beautiful as it looks online. It hasn't been hung yet (that's why I can't give it 5 stars until I check out the quality of light) but it will be soon! I can't wait to see it in action.
By: Myka B., Homeowner (Brooklyn, NY)
Lovely Warm Glow
Well packaged and very well thought out in design. Easy to Assemble as all the mounting hardare was included. The light put out by the lamp is a lovely golden color and really brings out the the softness of wood (tables, floors, etc), keep in mind though that the max bulb is a 25 watt so this really is only mood lighting and not really usable for work (reading, desk, etc). Originally thought I would put this on a dimmer but there is not really anywhere to go from the on positon except off.
By: Jack E., Homeowner (Seattle)
Gorgeous fixture, but not a ton of light...
Husband and I had been drooling over this fixture for some time. Finally pulled the trigger and made it a Christmas present to each other. It is installed over our dining room table now, and we love it. The contrast of the black matte exterior with the hammered brass interior is gorgeous. My one disappointment is with the amount of light the one small halogen bulb puts out-- it's very low lighting. Much lower than our previous fixture. We may have to add another one to supplement. I recommend this fixture if using it as an accent light, but as a primary source of illumination you may be left wanting.
By: Keke, Designer (San Francisco, CA)
These lights look fantastic installed, the design is modern but the matte black finish and gold interior allow the fixture to lend itself to more traditional interiors. Fast shipping, excellent service. Thanks!
By: GRADE Design, (New York)
Just as advertised.
This pendant light is beautiful--the perfect accent for my kitchen. It is just as advertised, was shipped on time and packed well.
By: Woman, Homeowner (Charleston, WV)
We are impressed w/ the beat light overall. Quality is great, design -reason we bought it- is exactly what we were looking for.
As said, like the light immensely but was slightly disappointed b/c it arrived w/ part of the cord slightly damaged. Went ahead and installed and attempted to fix the problem on our own. Otherwise Y Lighting was incredibly helpful and prompt w/ service etc..
By: Beth W., (Redwood City, Ca.)
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