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Tom Dixon Collection For Sale At Bonhams

Bonhams are delighted to announce the sale of a private collection of furniture by one of the UK’s leading design talents, Tom Dixon. The collection includes some of Dixon’s most iconic works as well as a series of fixtures and fittings privately commissioned for a London house. The collection will be offered in Bonhams’ Vision 21 sale on July 1st.

habitatTom Dixon, the former Creative Director of Habitat, began designing in his early twenties after having injured himself during a motorcycle accident. Dixon was self-taught and applied the welding skills he learnt from his passion with motorbikes to furniture design. His working methods were organic, and he preferred to develop and amend his designs in a hands-on way as opposed to working from a series of structured drawings.

In 1985 he formed `Creative Salvage’ alongside Mark Brazier-Jones and Nick Jones, and, focusing on recycling and transforming scrap metal into new functional sculptural forms. His furniture incorporated car parts, manhole covers, railings and pots and pans. His kitchen chair, which features in the present sale, with an estimate of £1,000 – 1,500, is constructed from a welded frying pan, fish skillets and Chinese ladles.

His work was maverick and anti-aesthetic, embodying the post-punk spirit. His bathroom furniture, radiators and heating pipes from this private commission are spontaneous rather than slick and polished. Also included are four of his early ‘S’ chairs, estimated at £3,000- 5,000, and made from welded steel and woven rush. This design helped establish Dixon and was later put into production by Italian furniture manufacturer Cappellini. Other Iconic works include his Pylon table and chair, estimated at £2,000-3,000 and £1,500- 2,500. Dixon’s designs have become recognised classics, inspiring many others in this field.