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Vancouver, BC | Inform Interiors is proud to announce the internationally acclaimed British Designer Tom Dixon will be at the Inform Interiors showroom on March 3rd 2014. Mr. Dixon will be discussing his work in the field of industrial and interior design, answering questions, and signing copies of his newest book ‘Dixonary’ published by DAP. This event is open to the public.
Born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to England in 1963. He dropped out of Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band ‘Funkapolitan’ before teaching himself welding and going on to produce furniture. Tom rose to prominence in the mid 1980’s as “the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture”. He set up ‘Space’ as a creative think tank and shop front for himself and other young designers.
In 2000, Tom’s work was recognized by the award of an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen. Paris. Tom’s works have been acquired by the world’s most famous museums and are now in permanent collections across the globe including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Museums of Modern Art New York and Tokyo and Centre Beaubourg (Pompidou). Since setting up his own eponymous design company in 2002, Tom’s work has become even more prominent. The Tom Dixon brand gave Tom a platform to produce iconic designs such as Mirror Ball, Copper Shade, Wingback chair and Beat light. The company now sells in 63 countries with permanent setups in England, America and Hong Kong.
The Tom Dixon brand includes an Interior Design arm, Design Research Studio, which has designed Shoreditch House for the Soho House Group and the Joseph flagship store on Old Bond street, Restaurant at The Royal Academy, London, Tazmania Ballroom, a pool bar in the Central district of Hong Kong, Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant, Barbecoa. Most recently Design Research Studio won their first ever hotel project, redesigning the iconic Thamesside Sea Containers House in collaboration with US hotel giant Morgan’s Hotel Group due for completion late 2013. Learn more after the jump…
Recent awards and nominations include ‘Designer of the Year ‘, London Design Museum, ‘Best Lighting Design’, ICFF show, ‘Best Accessory’ Elle Decoration and ‘Designer of the Year 2008’, Architektur & Wohnen Magazine. Tom is also a doctorate of the University of the Arts London.
Inform Interiors is proud to be able to display many of the new lights and accessories from the Tom Dixon line including the brushed brass beat lights, their newest candle scents Air, Fire, Earth, and Water, a 4’ black ball light, and the brand new black etch light.
This is a unique opportunity for the public meet with designer Tom Dixon and discuss his work, industrial design in general and any other topics related to the designer and/or the design community.
Owner/Manager: Niels & Nancy Bendtsen
Kitchens & Bath Dept: Barbara Tili & Arne Salvesen
Contract Dept: Paul Sjaarda & Robyn York
About InForm Interiors
Inform Interiors owner Niels Bendtsen has been working with contemporary furniture all his life. In 1963, he opened his first retail store in West Vancouver, focusing on well-designed and well-crafted Danish modern furniture from companies like Fritz Hansen, which the store represents to this day. After seven years in West Vancouver, the store moved to 97 Water Street in Gastown where it has stood ever since.
To further his pursuit of quality design, Niels sold the store to a Toronto retailer and moved to Denmark in 1972. He spent a decade in Europe studying and designing furniture for a variety of manufacturers.
While in Denmark, he designed the Ribbon chair, which was accepted into the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Returning from Europe in the 80s, Niels regained control of the store and created Inform Interiors. Shortly after, he began his own manufacturing line BENSEN to provide great design and great quality at an affordable price.
Inform Interiors continued to grow under the direction of owners Niels and Nancy Bendtsen. To meet the burgeoning needs of Vancouver developers Inform Projects was created with Harvey Reehal. In 2002, plans began for the expansion of the store. Rather than move away from what they had started, the decision was made to stay in Gastown for the creation of a new showroom. Working with the Heritage Management Plan, the new building retained the entire façade of the previously existing building with a newly designed interior. Niels worked with Omer Arbel to create a stunning space that could truly showcase the future vision for Inform Interiors.
In November of 2006, the new 30,000+ square foot showroom at 50 Water Street was opened to the public. A new standard of retail and architecture for the city, the minimal space is a gallery for the furniture and objects within. With the opening of the second showroom, the original space at 97 Water Street was renovated and redefined as the new home to the B&B ITALIA Shop and the BOFFI Kitchen and Bathroom display.
A strong belief in good design has been the backbone of the Inform brand, bringing the best that world of industrial design has to offer to Gastown in Vancouver.