This last May took place in New York another edition of the ICCF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) where Tom Dixon presented his new 2016 Collection, soon after his presence in April at the Milan Design Week. This fresh and brilliant collection is very diverse, including lighting pieces, stools, tables and tabletop furnishings.
The new collection was presented by Caesarstone and Tom Dixon at “The Restaurant”, which consists of a series of four extraordinary sculptural kitchens. In each of this kitchens is cooked one course to be presented in its corresponding dining hall.
The pendant light above is named Curve and was designed to “push the boundaries of thin sheet etched metal fabrication”. It has a pierced shell with a nickel silver coating and emits a filtered glow as a result of its punctured shade.
The collection was named Materiality and it was created with five ranges, each of them referring to the “raw-matter” used by the brands to create each of the products.
Marble, wood and plastic, glass, iron, brass and copper are the basic materials that define the brand’s products since their conception. For this year’s collection, the brand took a step back to examine the biggest influence and inspiration that is behind their products: their materials!
The second collection is named Fade and it’s characterized by its shape: a polycarbonate shade shaped into a teardrop. This shape focusses the light into a perfect round and luminous circle, making it look like an oversized spotlight. The designer is proud of the metal finishing of the collection because it graduates from totally reflective to completely transparent “in an even fade along the body of the lamp” which is an unusual feature.
Flask consists of a series of “laboratory-style” pendant lamps. All Flask products have two components: a clear waved glass lens that produces concentric luminous rings, and a black shaded glass in an oily iridescent color.
Tom Dixon defends that any top designer should be concerned about the choice of the materials but he takes that premise to an almost obsession level. Their goal is to show more about the substances they give shape to as the raw matter they transform into these incredible objects for daily use.