(jiří macek) Stone, steel, wood, glass – even though this order looks like a variant of the rock-paper-scissors selection method, it is, in fact, just an enumeration of the materials that British designer Tom Dixon used when designing the new Utility collection. The collection, including a table, a stool, three lights, and three bowls, is varied not only as far as the materials are concerned. In the background, one can find pressure and compression.
Pressure can be found behind the pressed glass from which the collection of lights, laconically entitled Pressed Glass, is made. Also present are the rolled iron profiles of the Crown Candelabra candlesticks, a tin group of Trio, Quad and Pentad geometrical vases, plus the marble Rock Table. Thus, the romanticism of the early industrial production interweaves with permanent geological processes that imprinted the brown marble, brought from the largest Indian state of Rajasthan, with an unmistakable character, color, and structure. Above it all, there is an orange bow-legged, yet discreetly simple Offcut stool, which is composed from offcuts from furniture production without using glue or screws. In fact, it is just a set of shapes that one can get in a flat box and assemble himself/herself – by means of pressure, of course.
The brand of Tom Dixon is represented in the Czech Republic by Bulb.
Rock Table, design: Tom Dixon