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At first glance, the shape might seem a bit kooky but Tom Dixon's all-purpose Y Chair is actually a wonder of ergonomics. An injection-molded, futuristic shell seat in glass-reinforced nylon (100% recyclable) is engineered for comfort, with its signature split backrest that braces the shoulder blades. The chair's proportions assure lumbar support and generous space for the spine while the flexible material provides for shock-absorbing ease and hours of comfortable seating. For both residential and contract settings, the wood-base version comes in black or white with chair legs finished in either clear lacquer or black stain; upholstered options are also available.
“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.”