Rough & Smooth collection
by Tom Dixon

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Milan 2013: British designer Tom Dixon's latest collection, launching at MOST in Milan next month, includes solid brass champagne buckets and faceted furniture inspired by gemstones (+ slideshow).

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Gem lights

Tom Dixon's Rough & Smooth collection includes Gem, a family of angular lights, tables and mirrors inspired by gemstones and sand-cast from nickel-plated aluminium.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Gem tables and mirrors

The Spun champagne bucket and tables are made from sheets of hand-spun solid brass polished to a mirror finish.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Gem lights

The Flask light combines a ridged sphere of hand-blown glass with a smoked glass hood, while the Cell light is inspired by the growth of cells and made from layers of etched and polished brass.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Spun champagne bucket and tables

The Bell floor lamp and table lamp have chrome-plated dome for a shade and another dome as a chunky base.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Flask pendant lamps

An extension of the earlier Fan chair, the Fan dining chair, stool and table are formed from machined wood spindles.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Cell wall lamp

The Mass coat stand, book stand, dining table and console table are chunky pieces of furniture clad in brass, which will develop a natural patina over time.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Cell pendant lamps

The collection will be shown from 8 to 14 April at MOST in Milan's National Museum of Science and Technology, an exhibition set up by Dixon last year as he explained in a filmed interview with Dezeen.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Bell floor and table lamps

Other products by Dixon we've featured include a set of iridescent stoneware pendant lamps and a light that casts geometric shadows on surrounding surfaces – see all design by Tom Dixon.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Fan dining chair, stool and table

Here's some more information from the designer:


This year we take visitors through two contrasting environments – Rough and Smooth. Celebrating the joy of contrast, this year we are highlighting the opposite qualities of our new products. Rough because this season we have worked on even more textural honesty and material weight in our production. And smooth because we are still fascinated by extreme polished surfaces, sharp lines and modern manufacturing.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Mass dining table

Follow a rollercoaster journey through the rough and tumble of our warehouse where fresh stock is unloaded and unpacked fresh from the manufacturing process and on through tearooms and shop windows into our spanking new show space which we furnish with our latest lighting and furniture, ranging from the textured sand-cast nickel- plated aluminium to the ultra-polished chromed pressed steel.

Rough & Smooth collection by Tom Dixon

Above: Mass coat stand, book stand and console table

  • http://guykeulemans.com Guy

    That’s a pretty big collection with a pretty wide range of materials and finishes. Some of which I like. But, I have to ask, why would you nickel plate sand-cast aluminium? Surely that just adds a cost, economic and environmental, with little functional and perhaps no aesthetic value?

    • blah

      Oops, posted in wrong box, see why you’d nickel plate below…

  • blah

    If I was making cast aluminium furniture I wanted to stay shiny I’d probably nickel coat to provide durability and protection, otherwise it would oxidise to a dull grey. The cost of doing so (both environmental and economic) is a piss in the wind compared to the cost of what it takes to smelt aluminium all day.

    I’m pretty much taking it as a given that consumer price and the environment isnt anywhere near the top of Mr Dixon’s list of pressing concerns. He’s flogging these in Milan not Sainsbury’s after all.

    LOVE the Mass dining table.

  • James McEnroll

    The Fan chair and table is a rip-off of Platner’s original and well-proportioned work.

  • Roger Emmerson

    Bit of a rip-off of Czech Cubism ca. 1910.

  • Chris

    I want those pendant lamps. I want them now.

  • aaron

    I haven’t seen anything decent from the Dixon studio in quite some time. A lot of pretty average stuff there.