Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Chair #335

—Designed by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon is a Brit, of course. After all, who else but a loyal servant to HRH Queen Liz would come up with this Crown Chair? He's had an interesting life. He was born in Tunisia, and moved to London as a young lad just out of diapers. He fell into design quite by accident when he found himself with, in his own words, “time on his hands” while recovering from a motorcycle accident around 1983. He was an art school drop-out with no technical training, but he taught himself how to become a designer-maker in while repairing his motorbike... no doubt after the aforementioned motorcycle accident! His first proper job was as head of design at the Habitat retail chain, and now he is with Artek, the Finnish furniture manufacturer. He has successfully combined the creative with the commercial throughout his career. Tom Dixon is also the genus who gave us the gorgeous svelte S Chair. See Chair #87 on March 28th of this blog.

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