Tom Dixon – Designer In Focus

Iconic British Designer

Tom Dixon was established in 2002 as a British product design brand with a commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry. Using bold finishes teamed with unique designs, Tom Dixon designs are easily recognisable and always individual.

Tom Dixon Club range - Milan 2014
Tom Dixon Club range – Milan 2014
Tom Dixon Club Style
Tom Dixon – beautiful furniture as well as lights
Over the years the Tom Dixon range has expanded at a phenomenal rate. Always adding new products and lighting families to his portfolio. Some of our favourite’s are –

Tom Dixon Beat Light Family

Series of pendant lights & vases inspired by traditional Indian water vessels. Available in Black, White, Grey and Brass

Beat Light
Still our favourite Beat Light the Black/Gold version
Tom Dixon Void Light

A series of lights that reference the Olympic medals. Solid metal sheets are pressed, spun and brazed to form a double wall shade. These mysterious lighting objects are hand polished to create a mirrored surface which is then lacquered to maintain a high gloss finish. Now available in 2 sizes – Void Mini being the smaller

Void Lights
Beautiful clusters of Void Lights in The Dock showroom
Tom Dixon Copper

One of Tom Dixon’s most recognisable family of products. The beautiful copper shade oozes elegance yet maintains an utterly modern feel. Looks amazing hung by itself or in a chandelier style cluster. The Copper family includes a Bronze Copper version and floor lights.

Tom Dixon Copper Shade
Iconic and simple Copper Shade
Tom Dixon Etch Light

A digitally manufactured pendant light etched from metal. Made by employing an industrial process used to produce electronic parts, the method allows for detailed patterns to be cut directly onto the metal, creating a mass of intricate shadows when lit. The Etch family is available in 4 different finishes – Steel, Copper, Black and Brass

Etch Lights
Cluster of Etch lights
Tom Dixon Base

The Base family of lights offer an eclectic mix of materials. The warm hued brass or copper gives a soft, ambient light that‘s versatile enough to be used in a variety of spaces; from bedroom to living room. The Base Collection includes a Copper Floor Light and Copper Wall Light and the original Base Wall Light, Base Table Light and Base Floor Light.  

Base Copper family of lights
Base Copper family of lights
Since Cimmermann started in 2004 Tom Dixon has constantly being one of our best selling brands, his designs and contribution to British Design are unparalleled.

The Team at Cimmermann

Vico Magistretti

Italian Architect and Designer

Vico Magistretti was born in Milan on 6th October 1920. He came from a family of generations of architects: his great-grandfather Gaetano Besia built the Reale Collegio delle Fanciulle Nobili in Milan; his father, Pier Giulio Magistretti, was involved in the design of the Arengario in Piazza del Duomo.

He went on to become another of Italy’s most prolific and influential product designers. The 70’s saw Magistretti’s architectural enterprises increasingly backed up by his work as a designer. One of his most recognisable products is the Maralunga Sofa which won a Golden Compass award in 1979. Maralunga defines the 70’s era of furniture design with its movable back rests offering pure comfort.

Maralunga Sofa
Vico Magistretti’s Maralunga Sofa – a design classic
He also designed a set of lamps for Artemide, including Mania (1963), Dalù (1965), Chimera (1966), the extremely famous Eclisse (1967, Golden Compass award 1967),Teti (1970) and Impiccato (1970).

Artemide Eclisse by Vico Magistretti
Artemide Eclisse Light – the light can be altered by moving the diffuser
Artemide Dalu
Artemide Dalu – simple and original

For many years Magistretti was also the art director and main designer for Oluce, giving the company’s production range its own unmistakable style. His masterpieces and most iconic light recognised all over the world is most notably Atollo (1977, Golden Compass Award 1979.
Oluce Atollo Light by Vico Magistretti
Oluce Atollo Light by Vico Magistretti

His business partnership with Kartell resulted in the creation of Maui Chair (1996) & Nihau Chair (1996) – which is made from one single piece of plastic with metal legs. An affordable chair it is excellent for the home or in a more commercial environment.

Kartell Nihau Chair
Vico Magistretti – Kartell Nihau Chair

In 2013 Kartell re-issued a new soft version of the Maui chair. Covered in Kvadrat Divina fabric it offers a different take on the original with extra comfort.

Kartell Maui Soft Chair
Kartell Maui Soft Chair covered in Kvadrat Divina fabric

In 1997 the Milan “Salone del Mobile” dedicated a special exhibition to Vico Magistretti, alongside another on Gio Ponti, organised by Vanni Pasca. The installation was designed by Achille Castiglioni and Ferruccio Laviani.

Introduce a bit of classic Italian Design into your home, shop our selection of Vico Magistretti’s products.

The Team at Cimmermann

Credits

http://www.vicomagistretti.it/en/

Terence Woodgate – Solid Lights

New Lighting range from design legend

Solid Lights by Terence Woodgate feature LED pendants and surface mounted downlights in natural materials such as Carrara and Nero Marquina marble, oak and walnut. The collection is optimised for MEGAMAN® high lumen output LED lamps, with excellent glare control for comfort. Solid is designed with effective thermal cooling for LED performance and longevity.

The design of Solid Lights means low glare and a direct even beam of light
The design of Solid Lights means low glare and a direct even beam of light

A design feature that appeals to us is a unique support design which enables the fitting on the pendant version to be adjusted so that it hangs completely vertical and true.

With the ceiling mounted version all the fittings are hidden and a small shadow gap between the ceiling and shade allows for lamp cooling.

As marble and wood is a natural material the hue and veining will vary from piece to piece, making each shade body unique. You can get a cylinder or cone version in both the ceiling and pendant versions of Solid light.

Terence Woodgate - Solid Cylinder Pendant
Solid Cylinder Pendant in Carrara Marble. When turned on the marble becomes almost translucent
Terence Woodgate - Solid in Oak
Solid Oak Cylinder version, beautiful detail on the wood
Terence Woodgate - Conical Solid light
Love the conical shape and black-stained oak finish
Solid Light - Walnut Ceiling
Stunning downlight ceiling version finished in luxurious walnut
As with all of Woodgate’s design’s everything is considered and designed with a purpose. Even the packaging is so cool – we love it!

Solid Light packaging
Cool packaging!!!!
The Solid lighting range is perfect for home use and would also look great in a bar, restaurant or more commercial environment.

Black Marble Solid Downlight
Black Marble Solid Downlight
Currently in the design stages but hopefully available soon the Megaman bulbs will be available with a chip included in the fitting and an app for your phone so you can control the levels of lighting, turn on/off with the touch of a button on your phone – exciting.

Solid Lights are now available too buy online from our shop.

The Team At Cimmermann

Scholten & Baijings

Designers in Focus

Stefan Scholten born in 1972 and Carole Baijings born in 1973 established Scholten & Baijings, Studio for Design, in 2000.

Stefan Scholten is a graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven and Carole Baijings is a self-taught maverick in the design field.
In their designs Scholten & Baijings make use of grids, light effects, colour, transparency, layered patterns with unique and amazing effect. In addition, minimal design and a keen eye for detail characterise their work. The duo has gained international recognition for their graphic designs using a combination of soft pastels and and bright fluorescent colours.

Their work with HAY includes a totally unique range of Bed Linen, rugs, tea towels, glasses and much more.

HAY Minimal Bed Linen
HAY Minimal Bed Linen – a firm favourite at Cimmermann HQ
HAY Minimal Bed Linen
HAY Minimal Bed Linen
HAY Tea Towels by Scholten & Baijings
HAY Tea Towels
HAY Colour Carpet
Love the HAY Colour Carpets, available in 6 different colour combinations
Scholten & Baijings - Geometric Pattern
Geometric pattern with Scholten & Baijings rugs and bedding
Scholten & Baijings for HAY
Image courtesy of Dezeen – glasses by Scholten & Baijings for HAY

For the London Design Festival 2013: they set up a still life depicting a dinner party in progress at the V&A museum for the London Design Festival. They installed a large dining table set for a party of guests in the ornate gilded Norfolk House Music Room in the British Galleries of the V & A museum. Cutlery is skewed, glasses are half full and food is strewn across the table, as if the party is in progress but all the guests have vanished – a quirky concept showing their products in situ and in such a grand setting.

Image courtesy of Dezeen - the Dinner Party
Image courtesy of Dezeen – the Dinner Party
Image courtesy of Dezeen - the Dinner Party by Scholten & Baijings
Image courtesy of Dezeen – the Dinner Party by Scholten & Baijings

Some of their recent design work includes teaming up with Pastoe to produce a stunning range of storage units – Shift.

Pastoe Shift
Pastoe Shift storage, love the pastel colours
Detail of the Pastoe Shift cabinets
Detail of the Pastoe Shift cabinets

If you are interested in the Pastoe range contact Matt or Helen in the showroom on 01423 524777.

Hope you enjoyed our Designer in Focus post, got to say Scholten & Baijings design philosophy is unique and inspiring.

The Team at Cimmermann

Gubi – Brand In Focus

Scandinavian Masters

Gubi was founded in 1967 by Gubi and Lisbeth Olsen in Denmark. They initially focused on producing Olsen’s furniture designs and selling textiles to the retail sector. 

The term ‘Chasing forgotten icons’ has led Gubi to re-launch a collection of designs from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. As well as icons, their uncanny ability to recognise original ideas and inspirations has also resulted in a unique collection of exciting new designs from designers such as GamFratesi and Komplot Design.

Some of the stand-out and most recognisable designs from Gubi

The iconic Adnet mirror is a real stand out piece from Jacques Adnet. The mirror is made from hand-stitched Italian natural tanned full grain leather in black or tan and oozes quality.

Adnet Mirror
Gubi Adnet mirror in Tan Leather
Gubi Adnet mirror
Beautiful Adnet Floor rectangular mirror
Watch this cool video about Jacques Adnet, the designer of the beautiful Adnet mirror

Jacques Adnet from Gubi on Vimeo.

Greta Grossman was a female design pioneer and long time collaborator with Gubi. Her products include the Grasshopper floor light, Cobra light and beautiful Grossman desk.

Greta Grossman Designs
A collection of stunning Greta Grossman designs

Watch this cool video about Grossman and her products –

Greta Grossman from Gubi on Vimeo.

Mategot Collection – Mathieu Matégot’s organic forms and lightness of touch create a sense of joy and the ground breaking and innovative techniques that he applied resulted in unique aesthetics and, above all, contemporary designs. Today, Matégot’s designs are equally fit for the purpose as when they were originally conceived, and his legendary designs are both timeless and classic. The Nagasaki chair is one of few three-legged chairs and is still Matégot’s best-known piece.  Gubi’s collection of original Mategot design include Nagasaki Chair, Dedal Shelf, Nagasaki Table and Mategot Coatrack.

Matégot
A selection of Matégot’s most iconic products for Gubi
Nagasaki Chair in Yellow and black
Nagasaki Chair in Yellow and black

The Pedrera family of lights were designed by Barba Corsini, a leading functionalist architect, in association with his protegé, Joaquim Ruiz Millet. In 1955, Corsini, realised his contemporary vision through his renovation of the La Pedrera loft space (designed by Gaudi) and the furnishings he custom designed for it- the Pedrera PD2 Floor Light, Pedrera Coffee Table and the Pedrera ANA Pendant Light

Pedrera Family
Simple and functional Pedrera family of lights and coffee table
Pedrera Coffee Table and Floor light
Pedrera Coffee Table and Floor light

We love Gubi at Cimmermann, their iconic products and attention to detail is second to none, long may it continue…

The Team at Cimmermann