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Offcut challenges the notion of flat-pack furnishings as ordinary and lacking in design appeal. Thinking outside the box, so to speak, Britain designer Tom Dixon considered the "waney edge" of a piece of wood for this superlative coffee table (an Offcut side table is also available). Usually these knotted planks and random edges get chopped off to fit a production line but here they add a welcome character. Each set of Offcut's chunky components in solid oak or birch to be assembled at home by hammering the joins together with wooden dowels—with the almost-primal sense of satisfaction in building a piece of furniture with substance and style.
“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.”