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New Tom Dixon Studio & Showroom | The Coal Office, King’s Cross

15th May 2018

Tour Tom Dixon’s new studio & showroom space

A former coal yard may not strike you as the most fitting location for one of the UK’s leading designers to set up shop but one look inside Tom Dixon’s new showroom & studio space in London’s King’s Cross is enough to convince even the most sceptical of onlookers.

Dating back to 1851 the Coal Office buildings, along with the Coal Drops yard were a hub for the distribution of coal around London. Today they play host to one of the UK’s leading design companies, Tom Dixon. The 17,500 square-foot Victorian structure curves along the Regent’s Canal and forms part of the redevelopment of the area – a redevelopment that includes the soon to be opened Coal Drops Yard shopping centre designed by Thomas Heatherwick.

We’ve been looking forward to the opening of Tom Dixon’s new space and to get a closer look at his newest lighting designs. It’s safe to say we were quick to jump at the chance to take a tour.


The entry to the new studio space set the scene for what we were about to experience. Exposed brick walls accompanied by pale and coal-black wooden parquet flooring and a variety of contrasting materials provide the perfect industrial backdrop for Dixon’s striking metallic light fixtures and contemporary furniture designs.


Materiality Mood Boards

Together with a selection of London based studios, Tom Dixon have created 6 materially mood boards that can be seen scattered throughout their new King’s Cross HQ. Within the entrance to the studio, a clay baking masterclass takes place, with clay being moulded and stamped before being sent to Central Saint Martins for firing. There are also clay baked apples served up by Arabeschi de Latte.

A little further along we’re greeted by an intriguing, colourful display that seeks to explore the fluid aspects of Sphere 8’s biopolymer resin. By contrast, Sphere 8’s installation is surrounded by intensely vibrant threads from The Rug Company, intricately interlaced around the existing architecture of the Coal Office, the balustrades and exposed metal beams. As a fun addition, edible candy floss and spun sugar was on offer, mimicking the displays.

The new Tom Dixon flagship shop / showroom, where you can expect to see the designers latest furniture and lighting releases can be found beneath the studio and office space.  Dinesen wood floors have been added to accompany the exposed brick and original Victorian features, creating a space that is set up to allow for the Tom Dixon product to flourish. The space is broken up by seven railway arches, with each section acting as a ‘room set’, dividing the product selection into beautifully curated, manageable chunks.

We’ve always championed the Tom Dixon range of furniture and lighting here at Utility but when you see the product in situ, it’s not hard to realise why the British designers collection is so popular. His Copper Ball range has been a firm favourite with Utility customers and we expect his new, somewhat crisper palette of Silver, Black and Blue lighting ranges will be just as well received.


Tom Dixon Furniture & Lighting Collection

Now at Utility Design you can find a range of Tom Dixon lighting and designer furniture products available at great prices. Tom Dixon is a British design company that was founded in 2002 and has an unwavering commitment to innovation that it hopes will help revive the British furniture industry. With iconic lighting designs, such as the Copper Ball pendant light and the Beat and Etch Shade families, the lights designed by Tom Dixon can work perfectly for both domestic and commercial applications.

The Tom Dixon furniture range incorporates a number of phenomenally designed tables and chairs, including the stunning Spun table, the Slab dining table and its eye-catching wingback chairs.

At Utility Design we strive to bring our customers the best in modern products, celebrating contemporary and classic design. So, we are proud to present our great range of Tom Dixon furniture and lighting, all designed by the world-famous, multi-award winning industrial designer himself.

Shop the Tom Dixon collection here.


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