Veuve Clicquot Comet by Tom Dixon



More pavilions: British designer Tom Dixon has designed a gazebo for champagne brand Veuve Clicquot.


The Veuve Clicquot Comet will feature at the final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup polo championship at Cowdray Park, West Sussex next month.


The pavilion is based on the Comete light Dixon designed for the brand's Out of the Box exhibition in Milan in April. See our movie about the Out of the Box exhibition, which includes an interview with Dixon.

Here's some text from Veuve Clicquot:


The Comet has landed at Cowdray Park Cutting edge design collides with tradition to reinvent the Season at the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo Tournament

The Veuve Clicquot Comet

Commissioned by Design Research Studio under the creative direction of internationally renowned designer Tom Dixon, the Veuve Clicquot Comet adds the element of surprise to the pinnacle event of the British Season Continuing Veuve Clicquot’s mission to innovate and re-energise the Season through cutting edge design collaborations, the Veuve Clicquot Comet, a reinterpretation of classic summer item the gazebo, offers Polo aficionados a stylish experience at the Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo Tournament, and an exclusive preview of the Design object of the Season.

Inspired by the iconic champagne’s comet logo, the Comet is a natural evolution of the designer’s work, the Comet Lamp presented at Milan’s Salone del Mobile in April. Tom Dixon said “I had a vision of sitting inside a comet drinking champagne! Foolish, it’s true, but from a construction point of view, the spherical shape is extremely rational in terms of structural integrity, which allows me to use a recycled and recyclable, lightweight material for these temporary pleasure domes, which will look like Veuve Clicquot Comets that have crashed into the polo field”.

Audacious in its conception, the Veuve Clicquot Comet is filled with the finest of fixtures and fittings offering a dynamic design experience to heighten the day’s enjoyment.

Situated on the lawn outside the Veuve Clicquot bar to enter and enjoy, and behind the goal on display to admire. The Comets have limited space, so come early to secure your place, and enjoy Polo watching at its most indulgent!

The Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship will be held on Sunday, 19th July 2009, at Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex. With a prestigious history spanning more than fifty years, the Gold Cup is considered the most coveted prize in the world of polo and the Championship an international showcase for the sport’s most outstanding players.

2009 sees leading Champagne House Veuve Clicquot sponsoring the tournament into a fifteenth year during which time Finals day has become one of the most stylish and popular sporting events of the summer season.

This year’s tournament opens on Tuesday 23rd June and around 40 matches will take place during the course of the 2009 British Open Championship. Quarter Finals take place on the weekend of 11/12th July and Semi Finals on Thursday 16th July culminating in the Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup on Sunday 19th July.

The ultimate in design meets the desire to watch the finest polo tournament in the country. For everything about the Season visit:

Posted on Thursday June 25th 2009 at 11:53 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Shruti

    a shot from another angle would be nice…

  • tanya telford – T

    i think its brilliant that a contemporary designer with a certain edginess? (i don’t know how to describe his work) is getting the opportunity to make something for a sporting event – I think the structure has a softer feel to some of his other recent work, i like it – (its funny how he describes it as above – “very rational” because I see a flower shape within the structure – i wonder if that’s intentional, i guess it must be), i think its nice – plus hes used recycled & recyclable material, – im not sure about the fixtures and fittings though, i can’t imagine what they’d be – for me a blanket on the grass is just as nice.

  • tanya telford – T

    i just can’t see how tables & chairs could fit the dimensions of the interior space of the summer gazebo (as show in pictures above) in a “reinterpretation of classic summer” kind of way, that’s why i thought of the blanket – i think its possibly a good option based on the photos of the structure above, but then maybe not every one will feel comfortable, hmm… difficult.

  • Wow, good job! Looks like some from a first semester architecture studio! Amazing. Resizing an element from a wall screen up to the scale of architecture is a novel, unprecedented, and simplistic solution. Will they use folding chairs and tables underneath the pavilion to display product or what?

  • tanya telford – T

    sorry Andrew, I don’t understand, I get the impression from your comment that you don’t like the pavilion, fair enough – but – the comment about the sponsor? Many designers, artists, writers – in fact all sorts of people rely on sponsors – athletes, charities etc, all sorts of people.

    is your criticism that they will copy people/an idea or is it that they will be promoting their product? or……….. is your criticism that they want to make their product more accessible to more people? im just curious

  • Sorry, I wasn’t clear…too cynical I think.

    I don’t have a problem with corporate patronage. Architecture (or the making of shelter, in this case) is not possible without capital. The comment about the folding tables was meant as a criticism towards the design of the “pavilion” in that it is so generic, it barely seems to fulfill any requirements of program (sun-shade? Maybe).

    Instead, Dixon has proposed a mundane, material-less quarter-geodesic dome. I’m disappointed, is all. Not that my opinion matters that much :^)

  • kanye east

    andrew is right. what an awesome use of resources and truly a technical achievement for our modern world. those rendering are so poetic, and truly puts the user on the polo field.

    as a HUGE polo fan and player, my current stable includes several pure breeds from the finest aradian lineage which is right next to my classic car collection and my private botanical garden, this giant golden dome would be like a beacon calling me for a refreshing post-match glass of celebratory nectar. then my mates and i can share stories of who smashed the best goals on the day. say what you will, but polo is not a sport for children, unlike hailai.

    mr dixon is obviously heaps above and years ahead the rest of the global design community in this proposal, and for that, i stand tall, poor a glass of Veuve Clicquot and salute him. i only fear he won’t be able to surpass this crowning achievement on his next projects for Burger King, Coors, or Goodyear tires.

  • very nice idea for a flyer

  • sebastian

    great job to sit outside the box! that is at least where the shadow seems to be … ;) love the yellow of veuve clicquot though!

  • Why yellow?

  • Zereously Peeple

    sarcasm must not translate via the blogosphere

  • this is really not very good, is it? It is harmless, but why does it have to be posted?
    will we be seeing trade fair kitchen fit-outs next?