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  • Hardcover: 614 pages
  • Publisher: Violette Editions; 01 edition (24 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900828421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900828420
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dixonary is "a simple picture book with short 'stories' attached," according to author and British product designer Tom Dixon. Here, Dixon reveals the ideas and influences behind his creative genius.--Mary Fitzgerald "Connecticut Cottages & Gardens "

Dixonary is -a simple picture book with short 'stories' attached,- according to author and British product designer Tom Dixon. Here, Dixon reveals the ideas and influences behind his creative genius.--Mary Fitzgerald -Connecticut Cottages & Gardens -

With its classy cloth half-binding and alternating pages of coated paper (for images) and delicate uncoated stock (for text), TOM DIXON: DIXONARY quickly defeats the initial impression that it's an overproduced product catalogue. The self-taught Dixon started out in the early '80s making what could only be called punk chairs, welded and wired together from scrap metal, before he evolved into Britain's most resourceful furnishings designers. The chronologically organized Dixonary juxtaposes each of Dixon's designs with an image, often fanciful, representing some aspect of what sparked the idea, from Roxy Paine to bicycle chain, hand grenade to Gene Krupa's drum it. His breakthrough success, the S chair, was inspired, he says, by a doodle of a chicken on the back of a napkin.--Christopher Lyon "Bookforum "

Tom Dixon's lighthearted second monograph pairs colour illustrations and photos of his numerous products with anecdotes and musings printed on parchment paper. The 614-page hardcover (Violette Editions) gathers over three decades of work to chronicle the British designer's career, beginning in the late '70s, when he played in a rock band by night and learned to weld while rebuilding motocycles by day. As the book reaches the new millennium and the launch of his label, pictures of pythons chaises and spiky chandeliers. Among the copper wastebaskets and glass pendants, you'll find his thoughts on everything from milking stools to industrial reconstruction. Dixonary is not a catalogue; it's a diary.--Tory Healy "AZURE "

With a compact brick of a book called Dixonary, Dixon now ofers a greatst hits albums between two covers. Having dismissed request for a biography, catalogue raisonee, or jumbo monographs as " too pompous, too serious, and far too boring," the puckish designer has compiled 600 pages of juxtapositions that showcase his own designs next to images that helped inspire them. A photograph of a spacewalking astronaut with his mirrored, coppery pendant lamps that are Dixon's elegant 2005 Copper Shades. [...] Throughout, Dixon reveals the process and materials behind a three-decade design practice that is all about process and materials, one that evolved from provocation to mass production.--Mark Rozzo "Town & Country "

Which came first: the chicken or the chicken shaped S-chair? For Dixionary ( Violette Editions), Tom Dixon's first self-penned monograph, the British industrial designer came up with the ingenious idea of displaying each of his creation - not only the funky and inventive chairs for which he's famous, but also candelabras, rugs, doorstops, and even a water tower and a motorized espresso cart - opposite the image or object that inspired it.--Peter TERZIAN "ELLEDECOR.COM "

The masterstroke monograph is something of a designer rite of passage, with the only surprise being that it took Tom Dixon so long to chronicle his work in such fine style. Violette Editions is a worthy publishing partner for Dixon's oeuvre, and Dixonary takes the reader through a chronology of his work, from product to architecture to play and beyond, each with revealing insights from the designer. The evolution of his designs is made even more evident in the context of a book, where it's interesting to see the wrought iron Rococo of his earliest work resurface in some of the highly finished metal lighting and furniture of recent years.--Jonathan Bell "Wallpaper.com "

About the Author

Tom Dixon (b. 1959) founded his studio in the 1980s following his discovery of the pleasures of welding while repairing damaged motorcycle frames. He is now one of Britain s leading masters of design, having also produced accessible, high quality objects as Head of Design at Habitat from 1998 to 2008 in addition to his role as Creative Director at Artek, the Finnish furniture company founded by Alvar and Aino Aalto. His current practice, the Tom Dixon brand a lighting and furniture design and manufacturing brand was established in 2002. www.tomdixon.net
Dixon s previous books on design subjects include Rethink (2002), an analysis of each room in the modern home, The Interior World of Tom Dixon (2008), a book of ideas and observations on design, materials and style, and Industry (2011), in which Dixon discusses
the changing landscape of industrial manufacture and retail. Dixonary is the first monograph on the work of this great innovator.


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