During LDF 2012, Tom Dixon will be promoting the collection that he launched at Maison & Objet in Paris earlier this year. The always-astute Dixon's 'sister' collection of home accessories is bang-on trend (although having met him many times over the years, I suspect he would probably hate to it to be described as such!). It is entitled 'Eclectic' because it includes objects that are incredibly varied in terms of style, material and purpose - or lack of purpose - and there's nothing wrong with that! The range makes use of materials like solid copper with a hammered hexagonal pattern, solid, hand-carved marble, durable, matte black cast iron and solid oak (spotting the 'solid' motif, conveying quality and trust?). There are also growing industrial influences that hark back to Dixon's early days as a designer. Some of the accompanying blurb is very interesting for trend-nuts so I'll include it here...
"These products are informed by British heritage and powered by London based innovation. [Nice to see that this in itself is considered note-worthy, although I am forced to ask, 'but where is it actually made?']
A miscellany of useful and decorative artefacts formed from honest, resilient and heavyweight materials
Each piece is designed to be used or played with, to be treasured or given."
It is often the way that the people at the top of their profession get the most flack (for example, I'm always frustrated when people moan about what is missing from Jane Austen's novels rather than enjoying what is actually there!). So I'm sorry if this post seems remotely critical of Dixon and his new collection. In truth I am a huge fan of both. Here's my edit:
|All pictures courtesy of Tom Dixon|