Tom Dixon: Cog Collection
Posted on 18 April 2015
Designs and materials that are instantly recognisable. Tom Dixon has become one of the most popular and sought after designers for home accessories and furniture. His iconic designs are inspired by an industrial world, focusing on the finer detail, using the highest quality of techniques and materials. His fascinating history and experiences have created objects and designs that are not only unique, but recognisable to the brand identity that we see today.
The industrial references within Tom Dixon's designs make them incredibly inspiring. Dixon has transformed industrial design and made it attractive, fashionable and luxurious. Taking a small object such as a cog, designed solely with functionality and strength in mind and transforming it into a desirable object full of character has become the iconic signature for his brand.
The Cog collection is a set of designs I have wanted to share with you for a while. It continues the signature style and transforms familiar items, regularly seen in homes into unrecognisable industrial machine parts. These objects gleam with a modern brass finish, creating striking features, adding a touch of luxury to any space. A personal favourite is the Cog Candelabra seen above, a machine part abruptly frozen in motion.
A great thing about Tom Dixon products is the ease of create striking features. Each design has enough detail and elegance to comfortable stand alone, creating a key accessory within a space. Combine these items together to easily amplify a presence, creating a larger and captivating focal point. These combinations work with the entire collection, something incredibly unique for a brand.
The full Cog collection consists of several groups of items. The beautiful candle sticks including the candelabra, three elegant styles of light pendant, desk tidies and storage, and finally, two intricately designed pens, works of art in themselves. The collection is inspired by great British engineering, referencing precision manufacturing and transforming it into beautiful works for the home.
I wanted to mention the Cog pens separately as it is a true example of detailing and what makes this brand truly outstanding. There is such a passion for smaller items and accessories, often overlooked or classed as unworthy by other designers. To design a desk tidy and storage is a beautiful compliment to a piece of furniture, such as a desk that most designers would focus on. To design the pens that can be stored in the desk tidy takes the level of detail and thought to an impressive level. It inspires me that there is no item too small or too large that Tom Dixon will not consider, something that other brands should take example from.