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Tom Dixon: Beat Collection


by Brian Fichtner
on 12 March 2008

Named "Beat" for their hand-beaten production method, Tom Dixon's series of lamps and vessels is quickly becoming an iconic part of his oeuvre. After years of working in relative obscurity, Dixon is now something like England's national poster child of design. From his massive light giveaways during London's design week to limited edition copper-clad chairs and private members' club interiors, the designer seems to know all the steps of the multidisciplinary dance. Last month, Dixon staked his claim on US territory, opening his own branded space within the chaotic confines of ABC Carpet & Home in downtown Manhattan.


A bit further down the island, Moss is now featuring his expansive Beat collection. The collection got its start with the Beat Lights, a series of hand-hammered, patinated brass pendants inspired by typical water carrying receptacles found in India. Dixon has been wise not to just draw inspiration from the culture, but to employ its skilled artisans in manufacturing these designs. It's likely a savvy business move, but also an admirable way to help protect a dying craft. This year, a group of gargantuan Beat Vessels, in unpolished brass, was introduced. At once exotic and indicative of Dixon's vernacular, they represent design fusion at its best.

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