Tom Dixon hosts Global Industry at The Dock for London Design Festival

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London Part 1

Hello world,

I just thought I would update you on mine and Michaela’s mini adventure to London last Saturday. Catching the tail end of The London Design Festival we first headed to west london to see Tom Dixon’s Global Industry event at Portobello Dock. It was a bit of a mission to get too but well worth it. 🙂

We really enjoyed looking at all the products on display. It’s not often that you get a chance to see the real thing up close and you often wonder whether it will live up to your expectations (so much of what you see in magazines is photoshoped to perfection!) – but I can tell you that everything on display was of the highest quality and beautifully presented. 🙂  It was also nice to see the other designers work, such as Piet Hein Eek’s scrap-wood cabinet collection and Fine Cell Work’s handmade products from 29 British prisons.

We were determined to get to Global Industry at The Dock as Tom Dixon is one of our favourite designers – he is constantly challenging the preconceptions people make about design. In the book, “Interior Worlds”  published by Rizzoli, he treats design as a pursuit we all constantly engage in by selecting clothes, books and other everyday surroundings. He is also an original thinker about green issues and democratic design. As creative director of Arteck, the Finnish firm founded by the architect Alvar Aalto in the 1930s, he led a campaign to recycle furniture by buying back its chairs and reselling them with their dents and blemishes intact. In 2006 he also delivered 500 injection molded chairs to Trafalgar Square in London as part of 100% Design and gave them away to passersby for free.

His designs also grow gracefully from the past and take sustainability into consideration. He never produces needless reiterations of existing trends. They are unmistakably contemporary, but also mindful of what came before. He has worked with George Smith in the past using joinery, hand-sewing and other techniques passed down for more 250 years. 

Fascinated about process and the future of the design industry, Tom is constantly experimenting with different ways he can produce and sell his products. A recent example of this is the “Flash Factory” seen at this years Salone Del Mobile and more recently at Global Industry. An installation of Tom Dixon team members assemble brass and stainless steel lamps that visitors can buy ready-assembled and put together themselves on the stand or take home flat-packed. 

Here are some photo’s from the event.

Some information about Global Industry taken from

Global Industry at The Dock is a creative hub for design. On the spot manufacturing, international entrepreneurialism and commerce meet in Portobello Dock, Ladbroke Grove. International launches include the Tom Dixon Shop and Moooi showroom. A select number of diverse brands from across the globe showcase choice pieces in this new West London design destination.

Expect an original shopping experience, indoor and outdoor installations, exhibitions and overlooking the Grand Union Canal.

Visit the ‘Flash Factory’ where you can make your own Tom Dixon Etch light or candle-holder to take home. Be the first to see new products from the latest collection, Industry at the Tom Dixon Shop.

Buy a limited edition copper plated Brompton Bike and watch it being made on site. A temporary pavilion occupies the terrace showcasing the work of the Metamorphosis new product development award winners from Metropolitan Works.

Lunch, dinner and tea are served at the renowned Dock Kitchen overlooking the water by head chef Stevie Parle. The kitchen is relaunching as a permanent 80-seater restaurant designed by Design Research Studio. The new concept includes a deli, take-away coffee bar and private dining room.

Click on the link  below for a listing of the designers who exhibited at the event: