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Introducing Cut from Tom Dixon, Exclusively at YLighting

During last month’s Milan Design Week, Tom Dixon debuted several new lighting collections including the Cut Family, available exclusively at YLighting.

In true Tom Dixon form, the Cut collection is equal parts glamorous and industrial, made from a cutting-edge semi-metallization process. The technique results in a design that transforms in appearance between its lit and unlit states—from solid and opaque to translucent and reflective. The form is inspired by the way diamonds are cut, an intentional method that brings out the gemstone’s clarity and luminosity.

The designer recommends clustering many pendants together to maximize the effect of the faceted form:

Cut Pendants from Tom Dixon
Cut Pendants from Tom Dixon

Dixon’s unique manufacturing techniques often result in fixtures that showcase different appearances when illuminated. Such is the case with cut, which showcases a striking difference when the light within is switched on, versus off:

Cut Surface Wall Sconces from Tom Dixon
Cut Surface Wall Sconces from Tom Dixon

3 Questions for Tom Dixon

We quickly caught up with the designer after Milan Design Week to learn more about this year’s projects:

What can you tell us about the new Cut collection?

Cut is an exercise in optics. When off, it has a space-age mirror finish and, when on, transforms to reveal a translucent kaleidoscopic gem. The luminous orb within creates hypnotizing reflections that repeat infinitely within the diamond cut, vacuum metallized interior. These are the latest adventures in our endless fascination with reflectivity, luminosity and transparency. They can be clustered for maximum effect.

Cut Surface Wall Lights from Tom Dixon
Cut Surface Wall Lights from Tom Dixon

You partnered with IKEA on a “hackable” sofa/bed. Has there been a greater push for modular pieces that leave some of the design up to the end user?

I’m often surprised by how static this business (furniture and lighting) is compared to music, food or digital businesses. In effect, there is very little experimentation in the field in terms of real projects that challenge the user to get involved. So in answer to the question, no, but maybe it’s the right time, given the constant change in people’s domestic situations, the increasing constraints on space and the need for longevity in the bigger pieces that you need in the home.

What keeps you pushing the envelope in design?

A complicated cocktail of attention deficit disorder, curiosity and desire for new adventures.

The Cut family is the latest addition to the Tom Dixon lighting collection, which includes the iconic Beat Lights, Etch Collection and much more. Shop the entire Tom Dixon lighting collection at YLighting.

Sarah Schaale

Sarah Schaale

Sarah is a Brand Marketing Manager for YDesign Group brands. A writer and editor at heart, she loves storytelling in all its forms and is a copious consumer of the Internet (for better or worse). In design, she finds inspiration in simplicity, warmth and all things Danish.

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