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last night Klaus hosted ‘an evening with Tom Dixon‘ at Spoke Club, which was rather more of a ‘thirty minute squeeze with too many people in a hot room’ type of affair. either way, Dixon’s Utility 2009 collection was introduced (albeit on a tiny, tiny screen).


Utility is exactly what it sounds like: the emphasis of the collection is around an understanding of the process of manufacturing. from Dixon’s review: “Real function and beautiful practicality–a redefinition of what we possess, and why, is currently in progress. We must invest in products that have inherent honesty and an anti-fashion longevity.” we can’t afford to have disposable products anymore, instead “each product must have a genuine reason to exist and simultaneously be built to last.”


speaking to Dixon after, he explained that perhaps anti-fashion is the wrong word. he’s more against design that’s only purpose is to capture a trend as it flashes by. which could also be why he’s reluctant to use colour in his pieces–other than fluro orange, a functional shade that “vibrates at a higher frequency than all other colours”. oh, i’m very into the orange.


Written by Paige

May 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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  1. Great blog – I’m such a fan of Tom Dixon and those Orange lights are beau – it would fit perfectly into my room 🙂 Starting to like Tom Dixon’s work as he seems to be setting a trend of producing eco-friendly products. An example of this is his work at the Super Contemporary Exhibition (London Design Museum) where an eco-friendly engine that belongs to a 1949 Bentley Chassis is on show. A must see and there is a ticket giveaway to which you should use if interested.


    September 3, 2009 at 7:39 am

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