Tom Dixon Studio has opened The Factory in Kings Cross, London, which will serve as a pre-production small batch manufacturing workshop for the design studio…
The brand has been characterised from its earliest beginnings by a fascination for manufacturing with investigations into craft and heavy industry and experiments in precision digitalised machinery. “Now that we have moved into our new HQ at Kings Cross, we felt an urgent desire to start making stuff again ourselves,” said Dixon. “We have dedicated a space – The Factory – where ideas can be tested out and prototypes created. The Factory is not hidden deep in the recesses of the building but is prominent at the entrance to our shop,” he explained.
The Factory has been conceived to encourage the public to participate in the joys of construction, fabrication and assembly. Over the next few months, it will be set up and then reconfigured variously as a pickling and bottling plant, a ceramics workshop and an electronics assembly line. It will kick off in the first couple of months with geometric pendant lighting (‘Make Your Own Etch Dot Pendant’ Workshop, with a limited batch of just 600 pendant lights produced solely at the Factory).
Additional Information about The Factory:
Dates: 9th May – 1st July 2018
Location: Tom Dixon Flagship Shop, The Coal Office (Granary Square, Kings Cross)
Workshop theme: ‘Make Your Own Etch Dot’ (a revisited version of our best-selling Etch shade)
Cost: 2hr Factory experience + a limited-edition Etch Dot (32 cm diameter) = £250
The Factory experience also includes:
• A certificate of authenticity
• An introduction to our design & manufacturing processes
• A Tom Dixon-designed Factory uniform
• A Flat-pack with tools & instructions
• Factory Manager to assist you throughout the process
The first Factory will run for 8 weeks, opened on the Wednesday 9 May and will run until Sunday 1 July.