A stone’s throw from Central St Martins & Google HQ, and on the stylish Granary Square, Tom Dixon Studio has moved and set up camp in a shiny-new space in King’s Cross. The industrial-style Coal Office houses the design giant, showcasing an array of their snazzy wares, a workshop area, shop, soon-to-be restaurant & roof terrace plus a space for the Tom Dixon crew to crack-on with the day-to-day running of the studio.
We were lucky enough to have a private view of the office space, viewing the Trade Counter, the Tom Dixon shop and, our favourite, the Factory. Tom Dixon himself guided us through the brick-walled building, weaving us through each section with in-depth knowledge, passion and wit.
The Trade Counter is an inspirational space for designers, architects and specifiers to to immerse themselves into the Dixon life. Each room has an Etch light here and a Melt light there. In one room, Made a Mano tiles line the walls, in another The Rug Company are housed showcasing woollen wonders and innovative new designs.
The shop is an emporium of glossy pendants, smart furniture designs and a perfumery full of Tom Dixon’s iconic candles, fragrant handwash and even washing-up liquid.
But it’s the Factory that’s a really exciting addition. Every few months the Factory will offer a different experience, from ceramic to electronics, to give guests an opportunity to see the workings of a Tom Dixon product. It’s a celebration of craftsmanship and an opportunity to join-in on the manufacturing and assembly of their gear. The Factory is kicking off the first couple of months with a Make Your Own Etch Dot Pendant workshop which we were lucky enough to join.
On arrival, you’ll be suited up with a Factory lab coat and seated at an aluminium table. It’s all very Blade Runner in there. One of the Factory wiz-kids will talk you through the process which is essentially a 3D jigsaw puzzle. Anyone who is dexterous will love it. You piece each part one by one until slowly your pendant forms. Once completed, you’ll leave with your pendant light, the full fixtures & fittings, plus a certificate of authenticity.
Because there are no labour costs, the Etch light you build has a reduction on the usual price. Usually £350 for the pendant, this Factory experience and light costs £250. So if you’ve had the Etch light on your wish list for a while, now’s the time to go and build it for yourself and make your bank balance a little happier. Want to find out more and build one just like David did? Click here.
Whether you’re a loyal Tom Dixon fan, or looking to learn more about the brand, the new 17,500 sq ft office space is a real insight into the Tom Dixon world. There’s a public open house on 18-19th May (pre-register to firstname.lastname@example.org), the shop is opening times can be found here and, as said above, more information on the Factory workshop can be found here.
Now, get to work…
David & Mark x