British design powerhouse Tom Dixon has been named Designer of the Year for his upcoming collection of accessories debuting at this year’s Maison & Objet in Paris, January 24-28. The designer launched his eponymous company in 2002 with a dedication to materials exploration, new technologies and local craftsmanship. His lighting and furniture have a distinct aesthetic quality that has become a trademark for the brand.
The debut showing at Maison & Objet include two barware collections. Plum is a full range of glass and copper-plated bar accessories that can hold their own on a bar cart or on display. The bulbous, forms that dominate this retro-chic set include a new form for the cocktail shaker–a large belly and tapered ends allow for a firmer grip and more balanced shaking while the slim end cap doubles as a jigger. Hand-cut, mouth-blown spherical glass vases, ice bucket, champagne bucket, lemon squeezer and swizzle sticks are refined statement pieces.
Brass is the material of choice for Arc, a collection of sculptural tabletop objects. The sand cast brass pieces have a hefty hand feel for opening bottles of beer or wine. “Science fiction inspired futuristic simplicity combined with practical shapes that are easy to use,” defines this 3-piece collection that includes a bottle opener, wine key and trivet.
Tom Dixon’s accessories line, Eclectic, was launched at Maison & Objet in 2012. Since then, he has consistently produced a range of beautiful homewares and accessories that range from leather goods to candles, tea sets to door stops.