Lustre pendant lamps
by Tom Dixon

Lustre by Tom Dixon

London Design Festival: London designer Tom Dixon will launch a range of iridescent stoneware pendant lights at next month's London Design Festival.

Lustre by Tom Dixon

The Lustre shades are glazed with a mixture of minerals and precious metals that react unpredictably when fired so that every piece is unique.

Lustre by Tom Dixon

They come in four shapes and are the first ceramic lighting pieces from Dixon.

Lustre by Tom Dixon

He showed the prototypes at MOST in Milan in April and will launch the products as part of lighting show Luminosity at his headquarters The Dock during the London Design Festival, which takes place from 14 to 23 September.

Lustre by Tom Dixon

Watch Dixon give Dezeen a tour of The Dock in our movie filmed earlier this year here or below.

Lustre by Tom Dixon

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Here's some more information from Tom Dixon:

Lustre is the latest discovery in our continued exploration of extraordinary metallic finishes. The iridescent sheen is created by firing the stoneware shades at 1200°C using a top-secret glaze containing minerals and precious metals. The end result is a striking colour change effect reminiscent of peacock feathers or oil slicks on water.

The handmade process results in a totally unique and unrepeatable finish for each individual object. No two shades look the same as the glaze fixes to the stoneware in an unpredictable way. This produces a wide spectrum of colour across each light, ranging from a pale lime to a deep bottle green. It is this inherent beauty and diversity that we are championing. Each customer owns something different.

The shade reflects and refracts an extraordinary spectrum of colours both internally and when lit from outside. The first stoneware object in our collection, it is available in 4 geometric designs inspired by a collision of Mayan temples and Art Deco constructions.

Available in four shapes: Round, Square, Wedge and Flat.

Movie: Tom Dixon at The Dock


  • Bot

    With Tom’s history of innovation and his huge design team in London, are these pendant lights really the best they can come up with?

    Their shapes are hardly exciting and I can see the lamp holders protruding from the top of the form, which tells me these are pretty small.

    The problem seems to be a big design machine (TD) following the “fashion design” model and simply churning out new product each year to stay fresh. And they’ve lost focus on producing good products.

    Come on Tom, you can do better then this, much better.

  • steve

    These are incredible – a real antidote to most methods of mass production in the contemporary design world today with familiar references to vernacular shapes.

    The surprise of opening each box to find what unique blend of glaze you got would be super cool. I love them and can’t wait to see them in stores.

    Bot, i think you need to take a step back and appreciate these things for what they are. Small or not, they are clearly unique and precious objects in typical shapes that Tom is best known for.