Tom Dixon on welding (and other things)

28.08.19. Designer’s studio, London

Tom Dixon is one of the biggest names in design with ‘hubs’ in New York, Hong Kong, China, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo.

In this episode we sat down in his King’s Cross complex to discuss his days welding scrap metal into pieces of baroque furniture, but we got into quite a lot more besides. There’s his appearance on Top of the Pops, for example. And the time when some furniture he’d produced for shoe designer Patrick Cox fell apart at a dinner party. We hear what London used to be like in the ’80s and why he might have been the bass player for Pink Floyd. 

He also talks about his decision to join Habitat, setting up with his eponymous brand, and the importance of food to his practice… as well as answering the biggest question of all: what exactly is the scent of Tom Dixon? You’ll have to listen to find out…

Find out more about Tom Dixon

Created in the 1980s before being manufactured by Cappellini, the S-Chair was initially inspired by a chicken.

The Pylon Chair, made from steel rods 3mm in diametre, is another Dixon classic. 

More recently, lighting has become a crucial element of Dixon’s range of products. All images courtesy of the designer.