Tom Dixon at the London Design Festival 2009
September 10, 2009
London Design Festival 2009: The Dock
344 Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 5BU
21-27 September 2009
An emporium of creative talent curated by Tom Dixon and sponsored by Derwent London, The Dock is set to be the brightest addition to London Design Festival 2009. The week long event takes place at the newly completed Portobello Dock development in Ladbroke Grove and plays host to a series of stand alone exhibitions, pop up shops, indoor and outdoor installations presented in over 40,000 square feet of space.
Across three distinct spaces; The Wharf Building, The Canal Building and The White Building, the event spans food, fashion, art, design and new media.
The Wharf Building will signal the launch of the first Tom Dixon
showroom presenting the new Shop concept as seen in Milan 2009. In over 1800 sqft the new showroom will permanently display
the full Tom Dixon collection alongside Tom Dixon by George Smith
Tom Dixon comments, “West London deserves a spot for design and creativity lovers, and we have finally after months of searching for the perfect location, found the ultimate base, which combines the beauty and solidity of the Victorian industrial infrastructure with lots of open space and contemporary architecture – we now want to share it with everybody else ..”
At this year's London Design Festival, TOM DIXON will launch its first showroom in London as well as showcasing a series of products from the new 2009 collection: Utility.
The new London showroom is part of Tom Dixon’s new office complex in Portobello Dock, Ladbroke Grove.
The space will launch for London Design Festival new pieces from the 2009 collection focusing on furniture. Stools are the archetypical piece of UTILITY furniture, naturally multifunctional as steps, podiums and pedestals and that extra seat at the impromptu dinner party. A robust and no nonsense design they should improve with age. “These small ones are made from the off cuts that the big ones are made from! We saw the pieces being carted off to the factory furnace, and thought STOP!! That’s the best part of the tree... The ‘wayney’ edge is the roughest, most characterised bit underneath the bark which is normally discarded for its inconsistence, but just like pork crackling, for us it’s the tastiest bit.”
The Offcut stool is a clever design that makes use of these scraps of oak wood, which we believe is the most textured and interesting part of the tree. The stool’s elementary form is the result of several innovations; the circular round seat makes use of the curved offcuts, its construction requires no additional screws or glue, and the stool is flat packed in a recycled box for ease of delivery.
A new addition to the Slab collection, the Slab Bar Stool is epitomised by a combination of materials; specially crowned oak, heavily lacquered to expo se the natural grain, and cast iron. The exposed cast iron foot rest reinforces and adds strength to the structure of the chair, creating a durable and hard wearing design.