Published on : Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tom Dixon is ready to showcase his adventures in materials at the MAISON&OBJET PARIS show in September. The aluminium and the stone, the wood and the glass, the wax, the iron and brass – all come to life with new shapes, new smells and new functions.
Tom says, “For us, the design process is multidimensional and it could start anywhere, with an inspiration, a formal brief or a serious problem to solve. But pretty soon you have to get down to the fundamentals, and the first step is to consider your materials. The success and desirability of the product is inextricably tied in to the substance that forms it, and a great deal of our success comes from the materials with which it is made. But more than that, the mutation of the raw material into an object of desire or an artefact of function is the real alchemy of a designer.”
The new collections of accessories include:
Four small vessels, each with its own distinctive scent and finish relating back to materiality. Encased in glass, stone, metal and marble, the gift set makes a perfect addition to any space, ideal for the person who has it all.
As we get deeper into drinking culture, our recent successes in tea, coffee and cocktails have given us the momentum to delve deeper into wine and water. TANK is an increasingly complete range of drinking and pouring vessels that are now also joined by some oversize flower vases and lanterns.
A set of seamless circular trays, nested within one another, acts as a playful way to serve afternoon tea, canapes or helps keep your trinkets intact. Each tray is made from one sheet of solid brass, pressed into a mould then silver plated.
Appropriately named, the BASH vessels are smacked, beaten and hammered into these abstract forms by hand from solid brass sheet, each one bearing the imprint of the hammer and the personality of the craftsman. Available in our new soft silver finish, the silver wash softens the bright gold colouring of the brass, and gives a modern and delicate luminosity to the rugged surfaces.