Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to England in 1963. He studied in Educated in London he dropped out of Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band Funkapolitan before teaching himself welding.

Tom rose to prominence in the mid 1980's as "the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". By the end of the 80's, he was designing chairs for powerhouse Italian brands like Cappellini. Tom Dixon created his own company in the mid-nineties, called 'Eurolounge'. The S chair, designed by Tom Dixon for Cappellini Furniture in 1991, is rapidly becoming a modern furniture icon. The S-chair has a metal frame covered in woven marsh straw, wicker and a range of fabrics and leathers. The S chair now has a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Dixon has since collaborated with Cappellini on many other projects, including the Bird Rocking chair, the Pylon table and chair and the tub chair to name just some. I chose to focus on the S chair because it was the most expressive piece of furniture i could find. I like how it is not restrained to the basic square structure, but it's free and flows.


From 1927 until 1930, Arne worked in the architectural office. In 1930, he established his own design office, which he ran until his death in 1971, and worked independently as an architect, interior, furniture, textile and ceramics designer. It's obvious that Arne Jacobsen was a man with many talents. 

In 1958, Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg for the lobby and reception areas of the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. This organically shaped chair has since become well knwn in Danish furniture design throughout the world. Because of the unique shape, the Egg guarantees a bit of privacy in otherwise public spaces, this chair  is ideal for lounge and waiting areas as well as the home.Today's Egg deisgns are made from cold foam and covered with fabric or different types of leather resting on a star-shaped aluminium base. 

The "Ant" from 1952 became the starting point of his world fame as a furniture designer and became the first of a number of lightweight chairs with seat and back in one piece of moulded wood. His furniture designs were revolutionary in furniture design all around  the world.

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