Tom Dixon Unveils New Collections at Maison et Objet 2018 ⇒ The British-based brand Tom Dixon just unveiled new additions to its Accessories collection. Tom Dixon delved deeper into the Super Texture collection and developed the most recent innovation in room scents with Materialism, presenting all the new items on January 19, at Maison et Objet 2018.
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Continuing the exploration into the construction of cloth, Super Texture dives deep into the weave, the knits and the knots, adding colour and extra texture to the Soft and Boucle ranges. Burgeoning adventures begin in print, in embroidery and in the hand tufting and looping of wool with young emerging talent to produce new families: Abstract, Paint and Geo.
Making Of a Paint Cushion
Abstract is the name given to a pair of cushions made using techniques from the rug and carpet industries. Thick, woolly, harder wearing and generally more substantial than most cushions, these are hand tufted in Varanasi, Northern India by extraordinarily skilled craftsmen. Urban perspective sketches and Hippy Wall hangings of the seventies were the initial inspiration for the variety of textures and blocks of saturated colours that come through in Abstract. Details of a cityscape watercolour from textile artist Josephine Ortega were blown up in scale and separated on graph paper to create a grid a technique familiar in tapestry pattern, but supersized for this project. The loops, tufts and the variety of pile heights accentuate the hand-crafted nature of these cushions impossible to create by machine. Made from 100% New Zealand wool, backed with natural linen and generously filled with Danish duck feathers outstanding materiality and a human touch.
Making Of Abrstract Cushions
Paint is a set of cushions with a subtle painterly print of abstracted urban landscapes rendered onto a super soft canvas. Tom Dixon again commissioned young upcoming British talent Josephine Ortega to create a set of abstracted architectural watercolours based on scenes of British urbanism. Pigments of pinks and indigo were then ink jet printed onto a textured canvas of off-white linen to form stackable landscapes. Woven from natural linen mixed with lightweight viscose for a soft and natural feel, Paint is digitally printed, sewn, stuffed and finished in Britain.
Embroidered graphic illustrations inspired by the natural geologies of rock formations and layered sediment, Geo is restrained yet expressive pattern making across two cushions and a double-sided throw. Celebrating the decorative qualities of natural phenomenon in bold embroidered strokes, Geo is the no-fuss monochromatic that packs a graphic punch. Geo cushions are embroidered by hand and machine on a base of natural linen and cotton mix, then filled with Danish duck feathers, Geo is a lightweight collection with superior comfort.
Part of the Geo Collection
Two new colours – Wine and Khaki – join the Soft range this season. This series of cushions and pouches fashioned from Dutch woven fabric is composed of South-African Angora goat hair historically said to be as valuable as gold itself. Combined with European craftsmanship and a generous filling of Danish duck feathers this range offers superior pile height, durability, and the ultimate indulgence in comfort and texture.
Khaki and Electric Blue are the latest in the Boucle colour palette. The blue is more electric, intense and vibrant. The military-inspired khaki has the odd characteristic of acting either as a neutral or a highlight. Uncompromising in quality, it’s composed of hand-spun and hand-woven yarn, in the exotic remote mountainous region of Rajasthan with wool sourced from New Zealand.
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Heat-affected Cork and marble studded Terrazzo provide stimulus for two new and diverse scents this season: dark smoky wood juxtaposed with fresh zesty fig. Brutalist and primitive, these vessels offer a new sensory experience to the materialism collection.
The new candles and fragrances’ Materialism collection
Weighty, rounded and satisfying to touch, Terrazzo is a fitting new member of the Materialism family, a substantial container for this fresh Mediterranean scent. Ever-known as the neo-mosaic material employed for flat surfaces in functional interiors, Terrazzo is a firm favourite in kitchens and bathrooms produced by Design Research Studio. Re-invigorated into a three-dimensional vessel, Terrazzo contains a zesty fig infused scent complimented by notes of bergamot, lemon, black pepper and ginger. Terrazzo is a generous spatter of monochrome marble chips fused with concrete then polished to a high shine. Forming a satisfyingly round vessel tapered in the centre, Terrazzo is inspired by the honesty of raw concrete and fragmented stone, by sculptural primitive forms and mixed-materiality.
An unconventional scent of burnt sugar and smoky wood permeates a raw cork vessel, stamped with the mark of its maker. Naturally smoky with wood and leather notes, the scent of Cork is inspired by the natural qualities of its container. Cork’s raw materiality and pliable nature create a new typology of scent vessel a bold brutalist silhouette, a reactive tactile surface and a perpetual recyclability. The cork that forms each container is sourced from the forests of Portugal. Through the application of intense heat, cork burns off natural sugars which results in a rich dark colouration. This process also burns through the natural sugars in the raw material infusing the vessel with a delicious smell that compliments the woody notes of the scented candle inside. Contained in a discreet borosilicate vial, the candle can easily be removed from the container when finished to relieve the cork vessel for another use.
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