LDF 2021: Tom Dixon explores materiality
After months of digital events, travel bans and a travelling hologram, the British design brand is delighted to announce their plans for London Design Festival with a series of exciting new launches and events.
Tom Dixon is back to celebrate LDF, the biggest campaign on their home turf, and will investigate the theme of MATERIALITY showcasing brand new launches in furniture and lighting. From the 18th – 26th September the entire Coal Office will be open to the public and the events schedule will include a series of parties, VIP events, A&D presentations, Press Previews and afternoon teas. LDF will be an opportunity for journalists, customers and design aficionados to discover the refreshed Coal Office space and to see the new collections on display for the first time.
Tom says: ‘I became a designer in large part because of a curiosity in materials which sparked, I think, from a pottery class at age 15. When the magical transformation of an amorphic blob of wet and cold clay into a hard, shapely colourful piece of (semi) functional tableware was definitely a revelation and that joy of transformation is still what I get excited by today. In a digitally driven world where a lot of our lives are lived intangibly in the virtual world behind the screen, I believe that we yearn for the tactility and texture of real materials and want to surround ourselves with objects of weight and material interest.’
The brand’s hero launch moment during the Festival will include the new MASS collection, a family of super polished solid brass tables, coat and book stands. Proudly designed and manufactured in the UK, the collection’s materiality of solid brass extrusions allows it to be interpreted in multiple configurations. Created exclusively for LDF, a limited-edition MASS 4-Poster bed will be on display in the Gallery which will be upholstered and decorated in Kvadrat fabrics.
Also being showcased during LDF is Liquid, Tom Dixon’s new collaboration with leading Turkish bathroom manufacturer VitrA. One of the arches in the shop will feature a fountain installation highlighting the new range of wash basins, faucets, bathroom accessories and furniture.
Levent Giray, Managing Director of VitrA UK, comments: “We are delighted to introduce the latest designer collaboration with Tom Dixon and this innovative and contemporary collection is part of our ongoing collaboration with world-renowned designers. Our extensive manufacturing, design and innovation capabilities have ensured there is a unity across the Liquid range.
Tom Dixon’s new ‘Fat’ collection with Danish architectural ironmongery brand d line will also debut during LDF. The collection comprises a lever handle, as well as a door knocker, door stop and a selection of pull handles. Each piece’s ‘normal’ aesthetic has been magnified, using the word ‘fat’ to imply generosity and softness of form. The collection will be mounted on a mirrored display in the shop.
For the third time, King’s Cross will become a London Design Festival Design District. Highlights also include Planted (the first contemporary design show aimed at reconnecting cities with nature), Space Frames and Super Nature TV, LDF’s commission with Peter Marigold and Central Saint Martins’ Material Heroes exhibition.
The MATERIALITY exhibition will take place at the Coal Office from the 18th – 26th September, both physically and virtually and will be open to the public with free entry.
Opening Hours for the General Public:
Monday – Saturday: 10am till 7pm
Sunday: 11am till 5pm
VIP events, Press Preview and Presentations are invitation only
Tom Dixon Studio
The Coal Office
1 Bagley Walk, Kings Cross