Born in Tunisia in 1959, Tom Dixon grew up with his English father and French-Latvian mother in London. In the early 80s, he started his career with performances on stage at the capital's Titanic nightclub, during which he welded metal into seating. As a result, he became known as a ‘talented, untrained designer’ due to previously abandoning his studies at the Chelsea School of Arts in London to play bass in the 8-piece funk band, Funkapolitan.
In 2002, Tom Dixon founded ‘Tom Dixon. The Company’, where he has since developed product and interior design for clients including Swarovski, De Vecchi, Cappellini, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ralph Lauren and Vivienne Westwood. And if that wasn’t enough, he also manufactures and distributes furniture and furnishings around the world.
Tom Dixon’s striking, multifunctional ‘Jack Light’ lamp design, a stackable light sculpture, which you can sit on was awarded the Millennium Mark Award in 1997. According to Tom, the design was inspired by viewing things in a childlike way, as in, there is no right and wrong. This means the lamp can be turned on its side and positioned however the user likes it.
Tom Dixon’s works which relate to lighting, furniture and other aspects of interior design, can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others. He is considered a star of design and is lauded, quite rightly, as one of the most influential designers in Great Britain today.