Tom Dixon. Tom Dixon.

Established in 2002 by Tom Dixon and David Begg, Tom Dixon is a British design and manufacturing company of lighting and furniture. In 2004, Proventus the Swedish-based private investment company, teamed up with Tom Dixon and David Begg to establish Design Research Ltd, a design and product development holding company. It includes Tom Dixon, Design Research Ltd and Artek, the Finnish modernist furniture company established by Alvar Aalto in 1935.

With a recognised commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the Tom Dixon brand is inspired by the unique heritage, the individualistic innovation and the robust, no nonsense engineering of these small islands.

Today the Tom Dixon portfolio consists of over 45 products of lighting and furniture. Product is sold through a large network of dealers in over 52 countries world-wide. The brand launches new collections annually at major international venues such as the Milan Furniture Fair, ICFF and 100% Design London. In 2005, Tom Dixon created a public installation of 80 meters of public seating based around a rubber theme to celebrate the launch of the London Design festival and in 2006 the seating theme was extended with the 'Chair Grab', 500 polystyrene chairs were given to the general public. In 2007, Tom Dixon organised the 'Great Light Giveaway' of 1000 lights with a low energy bulb to the general public, bringing further awareness to the use of CFL's and sustainability within design.

In 2007, Tom Dixon launched a US division of the company, offering comprehensive distribution through the opening of a warehouse in New Jersey as well as a US based service team. In September 2008, a new partnership was formed between Tom Dixon and George Smith to launch a new upholstery collection Tom Dixon by George Smith.

In 2002, Design Research Ltd launched an interior design arm to the business Design Research Studio. Under the creative direction of Tom, Design Research Studio has worked on many prestigious projects including the new Paramount members club at Centre Point, Shoreditch House, Habitat Regent Street, Tokyo Hipsters Member Club and London Design Embassy at the ICA.