At Tom Dixon’s stand during this year’s Maison & Object in Paris, it was all about materials. Throughout the show, the designer brand immersed visitor into a celebration of materials in the form of his new A/W 2016 collection of accessories, Newness. The collection features four series which employ the use of aluminium, stone, wood, glass, wax, iron and brass to give new life, new shapes, smells and functions to everyday homeware.
“For us, the design process is multidimensional and it could start anywhere, with an inspiration, a formal brief or a serious problem to solve,” Tom Dixon shares. “But pretty soon you have to get down to the fundamentals, and the first step is to consider your materials. The success and desirability of the product is inextricably tied in to the substance that forms it, and a great deal of our success comes from the materials with which it is made. But more than that, the mutation of the raw material into an object of desire or an artefact of function is the real alchemy of a designer.”
The collection comprises:
Materialism Gift Set
Encased in glass, stone, metal and marble, the gift set features four small vessels, each with its own distinctive scent and finish relating back to materiality.
Tank is conceived as an increasingly complete range of drinking and pouring vessels which also comes with oversized flower vases and lanterns. “As we get deeper into drinking culture, our recent successes in tea, coffee and cocktails have given us the momentum to delve deeper into wine and water,” Dixon says.
This collection is a set of seamless circular trays which are nested within one another, offering a playful way to serve afternoon tea, canapes or helps keep trinkets intact. Each tray is made from one sheet of solid brass, pressed into a mould then silver plated.
Available in a new soft silver finish, this series features beautiful craftsmanship. “Appropriately named, the Bash vessels are smacked, beaten and hammered into these abstract forms by hand from solid brass sheet, each one bearing the imprint of the hammer and the personality of the craftsman,” remarks the designer. “The silver wash softens the bright gold colouring of the brass, and gives a modern and delicate luminosity to the rugged surfaces.”