TOM DIXON | Crown Chair

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TOM DIXON
Crown Chair
designed 1988
gold-leaf covered steel
96,8 x 56 x 56 cm ; 38⅛ x 22 x 22 in.

£9,500

LITERATURE:

Galerie Yves Gastou, Tom Dixon, Travaux, Paris, 1989, cover
Michael Collins, Tom Dixon, London, 1990, pp. 36-39
Tom Dixon, Made in England, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Pierre Nouvion, Monaco, August 2 – October 16, 1995, n.p.

Tom Dixon started his career playing in a band Funkapolitan in the mid 1980s at a time when the punk movement liberated British youth, giving them licence to create without formal training. Teaching himself how to weld, Dixon explored the potential of recycled materials such as railings, concrete reinforcement bars and saucepans to create eccentric and provocative objects. "I was immediately hooked on welding... It had none of the seriousness of craft and none of the pomposity of design: it was industry. It suited my impatience perfectly...giving me the opportunity to build, destroy, adjust and remake structures instantly".

Springing from the early days when Tom described his work was "an exercise in dissatisfaction with factory-made furniture”, it was his "S" chair that launched Dixon onto the international scene in the late '80s. Evolving from early prototypes woven with recycled rubber and later, raffia, it was developed for industrial production when Dixon collaborated with the Italian furniture design company, Cappellini, his first encounter with mass production.

He continued to design for Cappellini and, from 1998, was also Head of Creative Design at Habitat, and subsequently its Creative Director until 2008. "Being at Habitat really was like university, in a way," Dixon says. "It taught me everything about what goes alongside design to deliver it… It's about quality, functionality and pure commerce."

In 2002 Dixon started a company which developed a collection of his contemporary furniture and lighting (including the cult 'Mirror Ball' range) - all branded with a clean and stark graphic of his name. These were an immediate success and were later joined by a collection of lights designed for the digital age conceived on a computer and manufactured through digital-dependent manufacturing techniques.

Having recently moved from Portobello Dock to Kings Cross in an historical complex, The Coal Office, Tom has a new flagship shop, showroom, office, restaurant and café, a symbol of the dynamism of one of Britain's greatest creative minds, and indeed one of the world's leading designers.


CONDITION REPORT:

Very good condition consistent with age and use. Light losses of gilding mainly located on one front leg and on the back side of the backrest. Several surface scratches mostly consistent with the making process. Deeper ones located on the base of the chair.

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