In Conversation, Tom Dixon by Port
Published on October 27, 2013
The British industrial designer on being unorthodox, his experimental approach to design and why he likes to approach everything he does ‘untutored’.
Dixon’s career is characterised by a willingness to experiment, to diversify, and an adaptability that has seen him start out in an economic recession, and weather several more. Whether it’s the music industry where he started, or architecture (where he’s currently setting his sights), Dixon sees his work “through child-like eyes”, driven by an insatiable curiosity to understand the world around him, and make it better through good design. What’s also clear is that, like a child, Dixon is unfazed by the concept of failure as an end – it is simply the step before success. This sense of optimism, which sits against a rugged industrial aesthetic, unifies Dixon’s work and goes some way to accounting for the success he continues to enjoy.
At his Ladbroke Grove headquarters, Port-magazine sat down with Tom to discuss the evolution of his career, becoming a brand outside of himself, and why the things
Interview by Port-magazine
Directed by Anthony Austin
Producer by Dan Keefe
Interview by Betty Wood
Lighting and Camera Genki McClure
Sound by Kurt Howard
Editing and grade by Jack Williams
Music: Call for all Demons by Sun Ra