LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL – TOM DIXON PRESENTS OCTAGON
Renowned British Designer Tom Dixon unveils OCTAGON at the Coal Office. An exhibition of eight different architectural spaces defined by the brand’s product collections. A series of physical and digital events will take place throughout the week.
After successfully launching OCTAGON in Shanghai in June, Tom will introduce the concept to the UK for LDF, representing the versatility of the global brand.
The Coal Office will be an open exhibition for visitors to immerse themselves in the designer’s universe and will be accessible both virtually and physically. LDF 2020 will be the brand’s biggest exhibition to date in terms of global reach, as events, activations and talks will be broadcasted internationally to all markets. The virtual component will play a significant role, emphasizing the message that the brand is reinventing itself in multiple ways, despite a global pandemic.
Coal Office, voted by Mr Porter as one of the world’s most stylish offices, will be divided into eight spaces, each area celebrating a narrative of the extraordinary brand.
Monday 14th September
5-6pm, Tom Dixon presents OCTAGON
Join Tom for a private tour of OCTAGON at the Coal Office. Be the first to see the exhibition by booking tickets here
8-9pm – The Guardian Live Panel Talk with Tom ‘Join our club: Why spaces for music and community are vital’ (virtual) And £5!
Tuesday 15th September
3-4pm, MASS TABLE TALK/Q&A w/ Tom and Francis Russell
Join Tom Dixon and Francis Russell in conversation as they introduce the extraordinary pure brass MASS collection previewing at LDF 2020.
5-5.45pm, Tom Dixon in conversation with Giulio Cappellini
Join Tom as he hosts an in-conversation with Giulio Cappellini to discuss the evolution of the S Chair
The OCTAGON exhibition will include:
Coal Drop will be a pop-up bar in the Coal Office’s Gallery space, where guests will have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails served in Tom’s latest barware collection, PUCK. The new CORK tables and MILL grinders will also form the aesthetic of the bar. During LDF, the pop-up bar will act as a teaser for the Coal Office restaurant, who will be launching a new permanent bar and extension to the restaurant in Autumn 2020.
Reception will be transformed into a FAT Lounge where the new extensions to the range, FAT Chaise Longue, FAT two and three-seater sofas and FAT barstool will be on display for visitors to relax, recline and slow down. The FAT collections will be upholstered in the new fabric options, designed in collaboration with Scottish textiles house, Bute Fabrics. The Lounge will be illuminated with CODE, an innovative LED track system created in partnership with Austrian architectural lighting specialist, Prolicht.
An extraordinary lighting display of GLOBE, BURST chandelier and MELT will create a highly reflective and visually impactful backdrop for the Disco. The Disco will be brought to life with elaborate speakers designed by music venue, Spiritland and sound by Swedish synthesizer brand, Teenage Engineering.
In the Spiral Lounge, a kinetic installation of spinning SPRING stainless steel pendants will suspend from the ceiling. Experimenting with movement, shadows and light play.
In the Perfumery Arch in the Tom Dixon shop, the new FOG incense giftsets and ECLECTIC vessels will be on display and a candle refilling station will be available for visitors to re-use pre-loved containers.
The new MASS table will feature in an installation around the concept of Elementary Systems. This idea explores Tom’s process of using the most familiar unit in furniture construction, the plank. The rectangular plank can be used in a multitude of configurations and will eventually be presented as a made to measure construction set, with a series of predetermined junctions that allow architects and interior designers the liberty to construct their own MASS artefact.
In the shop, an investigation into natural pattern formations verses man-made processes in the design industry will be explored. Tom Dixon products, PRIMAVERA and SWIRL will be the focus, alongside partners.
S CHAIR MUSEUM
The Extraordinary Arch will display the evolution of Tom’s renowned S Chair, which is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. Resembling a museum, the arch will display Tom’s early designs of the S Chair for Cappellini and different variations of the design over the three decades. Leather designer, Bill Amberg will re-interpret the S Chair by upholstering the design in a robust saddle leather from Sorensen.