Tom Dixon in Milan 2009



Milan 09: British designer Tom Dixon will present a collection of furniture and lighting on the theme of 'utility' in Milan next month. 


The Fluoro lamp shade (top image) is made of blow-moulded polycarbonate, powder-coated in fluorescent orange. Above: Pressed Glass pendent lamps.


The Block table (above) has a granite top and legs made of electroplated copper, while the Screw table (below) comprises a cast iron base and marble top.


The tops of the Spot tables (below) are coated in vitreous enamel.


The new pieces will be on show at Superstudio Piu in Zona Tortona, 22-27 April.


Here's some more information from Tom Dixon:


British design company TOM DIXON continues its adventure in lighting and furniture at Superstudio Piu during the Milan Design Week in April 2009.


The new collection has the very topical theme of UTILITY and the mineral world provides the objects with a new focus. The 2009 collection uses some of the most basic and primitive of materials, re-thought for the modern age.


Demonstrating the virtues of longevity, toughness and weight the new collection speaks of the need for robustness and honesty in design. New products include pressed glass lighting, stone tables, and vitreous enamel occasional tables; all illustrating simple, reduced shapes and heavy weight construction, finishes and materials.


Tom Dixon says: “I have always been inspired by the no nonsense approach of industrial artifacts and military engineering, science and mathematics, alongside materials and processes for manufacture. So this season, nothing has changed! Our theme for 2009 of Utility talks of usefulness and longevity, which feels appropriate right now.”


Tube, Bowl and Lens, pressed glass pendant lights show all of the beauty and honesty of heavyweight industrial components. Exceptionally hardwearing, dense and satisfyingly heavy each light bears the sinuous marks and imperfections of the manufacturing process giving these robust forms reference to their industrial pedigree.


The Spot Tables are for all occasions; these enamel coated tables consist of a heavy weighted base with two different height stems with either a square or round top. Coated in heavy duty vitreous enamel, an ultra hygienic and industrial process in which particles of glass are sprayed on to cast iron, and then fired at furiously high temperatures. Not only are the results highly functional, the materials qualities are extremely hard wearing with an extraordinary depth of colour. The two different heights can be interchanged as desired with either a square or circular top.


The Screw Table allows for many surfaces and functions. A dining and coffee Table made from one bomb proof heavy cast iron tripod and a solid marble top. The combination of materials form a surprisingly elegant café table. The industrial strength aluminum screw allows for multiple heights by simply spinning the top.

Block table - minimalism, bling and functionality, all in one copper-plated package. The Block Table has elegant electroplated copper legs and granite top, perfectly flat sided, allowing tables to be placed together in multiple configurations. The stone surface is heat resistant and treated to minimize grease marks. There are adjustable feet to protect the floor surface and allow for uneven floors. Available in two sizes dining table and coffee table.

Pressed Glass:
Bowl: Diameter 19.7cm, Height 10cm: £145/€190/$270
Lens: Diameter 22.5cm, Height 9.5cm: £145/€190/$270
Tube: Diameter 12.5cm, Height 18cm: £145/€190/$270

Spot Tables:
Round Spot Small Stem: Height 53cm, Width 40cm. Prices £365/€440/$575
Round Spot Tall Stem: Height 66.5cm, Width 40cm. Prices £365/€440/$575
Square Spot Small Stem: Height 53c, Width 30.5cm. Prices £355/€425/$545
Square Spot Tall Stem: Height 66.5cm, Width 30.5cm. Prices £355/€425/$545
Square and Circular tops can be used on different length stems.

Screw Table:
Dining Table: Diameter of Top 90cm, Min H 55cm/Max H 84.5cm. Price: £825/€1,065/$1,700
Coffee Table: Diameter of Top 60cm Min H 55cm/Max H 84.5cm. Price: £630/€850/$1,260

Block Table:
Dining Table: H75cm, Top 80cm x80cm. Prices £695/€935/$1,340
Coffee Table: H 45cm, Top 80cm x 80cm. Prices £595/€810/$1,155

Fluoro Shade:
Pendant version: Diameter 45cm. Prices £205/€280/$445
Floor version: Diameter 45cm. Prices £215/€290/$465

Milan 2009


Stand 7, Superstudio Piu
Via Tortona, 27, Milan

21 st April – Press Preview 3-8pm
22nd – 27 th April 2008, 10am – 9pm

See all our stories from Milan in our special Milan 09 category.

Posted on Thursday March 12th 2009 at 4:48 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • SouL

    the red lights are BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM SHAKALAK…

  • Joe

    Great collection, like the lights a lot. Not sold on the block tables. Screw tables look cool, but I wonder if they are stable or a bit shaky? Certainly not a table to stand on

  • kasorp

    is anyone else “slightly” disappointed about the latest designs by tom dixon?

  • Coming from the ARTEK country, I do like these pictures. The real things I do want to see and touch.

  • modular

    Tom Dixon is getting boring and boring!

  • sis

    he ‘s the best

  • theo

    He is on a roll – and getting better and better.

  • Brian

    You guys take all the fun out of going to Milan and seeing new work. Considering we’re going to see all this work in a month, couldn’t you find something else to cover for the time being?

  • b

    not wow but decent
    including the price-list is cool

  • YuYu

    Slick. He is the new Castiglioni

  • I really like the stuff Dixon does.
    My only remark; Why are there so many designers still using classical light-bulbs as a starting point for a new lightfixture while everyone (at least in northern Europe) knows these are going to disappear within the next 2 or 3 years??
    Ever seen an “eco-bulb” in one of those fixtures?? Is not nice!!

  • Sue

    I like his light fixtures more than his furniture. Powerful and to the point.

  • Crisis time design.
    Not great but I liked better than the gigant chromed balls that he shows us every year.

  • zuy

    is anyone else disappointed about the latest designs by tom dixon?

  • Maria

    His designs are boring, the lamps are better than the furniture; but one thing: this Fluoro lamp is nothing new!! i have one from my father and it is from the 70ies.

  • where is the innovation, where is the courage to come up with a new shape or even function, where is the mixed use attitude, its just another collection of consumer mass products in order to increase sales volume and turn over. its ordinary stuff, ikea even has nicer product design for less bucks …

  • SUki

    Is that true that all standard bulbs and fittings will be replaced in 2_3 years eenpieterjan ? How do you know ?

    Comme Philippe Starck le dit, je pense que n’importe qui avec un support technique d’un prof(essionel), peut devenir designer….il suffit d’une idée. GRANDE et/ou BONNE et/ou JUSTE ..
    En appliquant des techniques créatives , avec un petit brainstorming par exemple, peut-on en sortir quelque chose de bien ? de mieux? votre avis
    “To me anyone could be a designer, just so long as they contributed, and the most meaningful way for anyone to contribute was to come up with good ideas.”“The hero is the person with a new idea.”
    “Since design is all about getting the best ideas from everyone, be sure to leave no one out. It just might be the quietest person on your team who is sitting on the best idea.”
    “Chief designer know that it is their job to see the big picture. Don’t get caught up in managing minutiae. Surround yourself with great people and trust them to do their jobs.”
    “Articulate a vision, and spark others to execute it: That was the essence of CVO (Chief Vision Officer). Anyone who could express a vision and then get others passionate about making it happen could be a CVO.”

  • soory use this to translate french to….

  • copycat ltd

    is anyone else “slightly” disappointed about the latest designs by tom dixon?

    count me in please

  • @ Suki ;
    It’s a well known fact (in Europe) that for ecological reasons all governments want to stop the use of traditianal lightbulbs due to too much energy loss (80% heat against 20% light). The European Parlement is going to decide within 3 months if there comes a ban on traditional lightbulbs from this year on. (It will happen anyway)
    If approved: it will be a fact from 2012 (3 years!!). It will go in fazes: from september 2009 no more 100 W, september 2010, no more 75W, one year later 60 W. In september 2012 no more 25 W & 40 W.
    Australia, Cuba & Fillipines are also working on the same plans.
    The next one to go is the halogen lamp, as from 2016!!
    Think about it the next time you want to buy a nicely designed lightfixture…

  • I read in the newspaper today the decision is made: No more traditional lightbulbs from 2012 on..

  • Roger

    what goes around comes around but sometimes i wish it didn’t!