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LIVE FROM MILAN: Inside Tom Dixon’s new restaurant and showroom

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LIVE FROM MILAN: Inside Tom Dixon’s new restaurant and showroom

British designer Tom Dixon has gone beyond the exhibition hall at Milan Design Week by unveiling his latest collection of products in the studio’s new permanent restaurant… 

After five years of exhibiting in the traditional way during Milan Design Week, British design studio Tom Dixon has opened a new restaurant and showroom called The Manzoni in Milan to display his latest collection.

The new space has pre-opened and will reopen after the show as a permanent epicentre for guests to view the studio’s latest lighting, furniture and accessories collections.

Aptly named The Manzoni after the Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni, the new 100-cover restaurant has been created by Dixon’s Design Research Studio.”With the city being so active and engaging right now, it is the right time to forget being temporary and build something permanent,” said Dixon. “Just like in London, we don’t think it’s enough to just have a showroom. We need a place where people slow down and experience our products in a live setting.”

Operating as the designer intends his products to be promoted – by being used and handled – The Manzoni is a living and breathing showroom and restaurant, which will be styled in true Tom Dixon style – think reimagined simple shapes, clean and crisp colours and even an immersive green jungle.

“The Manzoni is more than a restaurant,” says Dixon, “It is also an experimental space, a theatrical backdrop.” The concept was created so that guests to the restaurant can browse before they dine while showroom visitors can grab a bite to eat before of after browsing the latest products within the season’s collection. Visitors to both the restaurant and the showroom will be able to see the studio’s products in an active context.

Main image credit: Tom Dixon Studio/The Manzoni

Lobby area

Top 5 stories of the week: New trends, emerging designers and a comic-book themed hotel

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Hotel Designs’ editor Hamish Kilburn breaks down the week with the top five stories…

This week at Hotel Designs we have identified fabric and soft furnishing trends, recognised two emerging design stars and reported on how a design firm worked to create a design hotel in Antwerp’s most iconic building.

1) 5 soft furnishing and fabric trends of 2018

Trends

To kick-start our spotlight this month on fabrics and soft furnishings, here are some of the hottest trends we are seeing at the moment…

2) Two dynamic designers chosen to bring creative vision and ‘story of sustainability’ to life at Cadogan Hotel

Left: Mac Collin Right: Antonia Packham

Young designers Mac Collins and Antonia Packham were chosen from more than 3,000 designers to bring their creative vision to life at the Cadogan Hotel…

3) In conversation with Martin Pease, Managing Director WATG London

Hotel Designs’ editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with new Managing Director of WATG London Martin Pease to discuss what’s next for the integrated design firm’…

4) Tom Dixon launches AW18 accessories collection

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Image credit: Tom Dixon

Taking inspiration from nature and natural objects, Tom Dixon has unveiled its AW18 accessories collection…

5) Converting Antwerp’s most iconic building into a design hotel

Exterior shot

Hotel Designs explores how Alex Kravetz Design used comic inspiration to create the interiors of Antwerp’s new design hotel on the block…

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Tom Dixon launches AW18 accessories collection

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Taking inspiration from nature and natural objects, Tom Dixon has unveiled its AW18 accessories collection…

Design studio Tom Dixon has unveiled its AW18 accessories collection at an exclusive press event at the studios home, The Coal office.  The collection, which comprises of eight new products, has been designed so that it all items are suitable for the home as well as the modern hotel.

Rock 

Our long-term love affair with marble bears more fruit with a new series of Green Forest marble artefacts. Among the Rock range is a playful set of stackable and reconfigurable candle holders that create domestic sculptural interventions. Rock displays the natural and uniquely solid materiality that the studio has long been associated with.

Rock by Tom Dixon

Image caption: Rock by Tom Dixon 

Brew

Brew recognises coffee making as a form of art and coffee drinking as one of our few remaining contemporary rituals. Precision-engineered from polished stainless steel, Brew is hyper-reflective, functionally rigorous and designed to take pride of place on any hotel table.

Brew by Tom Dixon

Image caption: Brew by Tom Dixon

Form 

Form is a well-proportioned rigorously detailed tea set. Described as Bauhaus, Space Age or Art Deco we believe this crisp, clean reflective stainless steel finish sits comfortably in any setting and sets a modernist scene for one of the most enjoyable and enduring rites and allows you to create your own contemporary tea ceremony.

Image Caption: Form by Tom Dixon

Image Caption: Form by Tom Dixon

Tank 

Characterised by luxurious hand applied platinum decal, Tank takes its sculptural cue from the functional shapes and volumes of scientific glassware. Minimal yet decorative for a multiplicity of purposes of pouring, storing and displaying drink, the range forms bold building blocks of table-top architecture.

Tank by Tom Dixon

Image caption: Tank by Tom Dixon

Cage

Cage is a candle-powered table top turbine, engineered to diffuse, accelerate and quickly propel the Tom Dixon fragrances to all parts of the interior space. Manufactured from finely etched stainless steel this ingenious and original kinetic product is both magical and functional. Using a single tea light that both warms the scented oil and spins the inbuilt fan, the studio has created an innovative slow-tech response to the plastic electronic diffusers that increasingly saturate the market.

Image caption: Cage from Tom Dixon

Eclectic – London

Evocative scents and unctuous lotions combine to create indulgent Christmas presents. Three generous giftsets designed to engage the senses, with our Eclectic scents of London, Orientalist and Royalty. The Eclectic London giftset captures the woody smell of red brick and London parks.

Eclectic – Royalty 

The Eclectic Royalty giftset evokes a citrus smell, reminiscent of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones, strawberry jam and the drive home in a ‘52 Bentley with tatty leather seats.

Eclectic – Orientalist

The Eclectic Orientalist giftset captures the faint memory of an Indian wedding with rose petal garlands, giant cinnamon sticks on beach stalls and the musky smells of the Chinese herbal market.

 

Interior of the Tom Dixon The Factory

Tom Dixon Studio opens The Factory in London

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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.