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Tom Dixon Returns to Milan to Open the Doors to the Manzoni

Vanessa Liwanag
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After a year of absence from Salone del Mobile in Milan, world-renowned designer Tom Dixon comes back to permanently embed his good design taste and aesthetics into the center of Milan via the newly opened restaurant and showroom, The Manzoni.

Tom’s Design Research (TDR) Studio created and designed the new 100-cover restaurant which has been pre-opened during Salone del Mobile this April 2019 and it will welcome the public as it opens its doors to all in May 2019, following the design event.

Dixon explained in an official press release from his own design studio that Milan needed a place where a permanent display of designs and objects could be seen and appreciated, very much like the spaces and restaurants in London where Dixon is currently living. The latest collections exhibited in The Manzoni include the SPRING light, the FAT chair, and the OPAL lights collection, all designed by Dixon.

The FAT chair

This new upholstery chair range was designed for comfort as its hugs the body and allows various sitting positions. It is available as a high stool, a lounge chair and dining chair as the simplicity of each of the parts properly respects form following function while reflecting a curvy silhouette and a minimalist aesthetic. It is made from molded foam, with its legs in metal glossed in black lacquer, with an upholstered cover that can be customized.

The SPRING lights

A series of three pendant lamps that are made up of stainless-steel strips make up the SPRING light collection that can be seen at The Manzoni. Ribbons of stainless steel have been wrapped around a bespoke dimmable Tom Dixon LED light, presenting different degrees and shades of light flowing out of the spaces in between the high-performance stainless-steel bands that swirl around the lamp. Aptly called Spring Steel, these steel ribbons can be plated in silver or brass. The spiral design of the SPRING lights allows the voluminous shades to be flat-packed easily as well for easy transportation.

The OPAL lights

Translucent orbs made of tinted white opalescent polycarbonate make up the family of lights called OPAL which includes two pendant lights, two floor lights and a surface light. The OPAL light collection maintains a light ghostliness during the day and illuminates a perfectly lighted sphere at night. Also designed with the Tom Dixon LED, the OPAL has a soft, diffused and flattering luminance. Through a blow-molded custom combination of opalescent plastic, the softness of the lightbulb shape is achieved.

Tom Dixon Returns to Milan to Open the Doors to the Manzoni

OPAL lights. Courtesy of Tom Dixon.

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