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The beguiling figure of these mouth-blown glasses are only one of the manifestations of Tom Dixon's play with conical, spherical and tubular forms in his Bump Collection. They also feel good in hand. A whimsical science laboratory sensibility suffuses the series, as Tom tapped the transformative process of alchemy as inspiration for both the form and material—borosilicate glass, the stuff of lab beakers, albeit in shades of rose and black. As these are sold as a pair, bump it up to a threesome with the like-named jug. (Also check out the Bump Tall Glass Set, rendered in reverse with a rose base and black top.)
“If there are rules to design, I don’t know what they are,” says self-taught British designer Tom Dixon. “I just have ideas and I want to see what happens if I put them out there.” Tom’s errant first stab at creativity was playing bass in a 1980s disco group. Then a stint honing his welding skills in a auto body repair shop eventually led to his design breakthrough for Cappellini with the iconic S Chair. With products in more than 60 countries today, his contemporary lighting, furniture, tabletop and barware ranges and accessories have been “put out there” to wide acclaim.
Based in Portobello, London, the Tom Dixon brand launches new collections of lighting and furniture biannually in Milan and London. “What’s interesting about the modern world [is that] you don’t need to attract large amounts of people globally to be a successful designer,” Tom says. “You can be quite focused and do specific work and people will come to you if they’re attracted to it.”