Virtual Design Festival

Tom Dixon and Prolicht discuss Code lighting in live interview at Virtual Design Festival

As part of today's collaboration with Tom Dixon and Prolicht, the British designer and Prolicht CEO Walter Norz speak to Dezeen live about the stripped-back LED lighting product they launched at VDF today.

Dixon and Norz will speak live to Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs to coincide with the release of Code, a collection of configurable LED track lights that Dixon created in collaboration with Austrian architectural lighting brand Prolicht.

Code, which was featured in VDF's product fair earlier today, is composed of bare LEDs mounted on printed circuit boards that can be arranged in numerous configurations to create "graphic lighting sculptures", according to the brand.

Dixon, who recently featured in an episode of Dezeen's Face to Face podcast, is a British designer who produces furniture, lighting and accessories under the Tom Dixon brand name.

After dropping out of school with one qualification, a brief stint at Chelsea College of Arts curtailed by a motorcycle accident and a period playing bass in disco-punk band Funkapolitan, Dixon began producing welded furniture made from scrap metal.

Tom Dixon has collaborated with Austrian lighting brand Prolicht to design Code, an LED track lighting collection
Code is a collection of LED track lights created by Tom Dixon and Prolicht

Alongside designers like Ron Arad and Mark Brazier-Jones, Dixon came to prominence as part of the Creative Salvage movement, in which handmade objects are created from found materials.

In this period Dixon opened Space, a creative think-tank and shop front where he worked alongside other young designers, and designed the iconic S-Chair, which was produced by Italian design brand Cappellini.

Dixon went on to act as creative director at both Habitat and Artek, and founded the Tom Dixon brand in 2002, which now has locations around the world.

Tom Dixon has collaborated with Austrian lighting brand Prolicht to design Code, an LED track lighting collection
Dixon and Prolicht CEO Walter Norz speak to Dezeen live today as part of VDF

Norz, a creative engineer, founded Prolicht in 1993. The lighting brand, which is based in the alpine region of Tyrol in Austria, embarked on its first notable collaboration when it designed the lighting for Zaha Hadid's Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg.

Prolicht has been awarded both a Red Dot Design Award and an IF Award for its Invader and Hangover lights.