Founded in 2002, Tom Dixon is a luxury British design brand with a presence in 90 countries and over 100 employees worldwide. Specialising in furniture, lighting and accessories, Tom Dixon has offices in London, Milan, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo and Hangzhou.
‘For us a Hotel is a dream job – it allows to work in so many different typologies – Spas and Bars, restaurants and bedrooms, conference rooms and corridors. The idea that we can create a complete universe that people can live in for a night or a week, what’s not to like?’
This residential project involved a series of bespoke objects designed specifically for Rondure House. The creative play of light created by Tom and Design Research Studio provides an experience that one would normally expect to find in a contemporary art installation, making it an artsy and cool experience.
‘Residential is always more challenging as a typology, as you are dealing with someone who will encounter your work every day for a decade or even a lifetime, it’s a serious responsibility. The challenge in show flats is also the problem of not having an actual client – you have to balance having enough character to stand out with a broad enough appeal, yet make it popular amongst a variety of unknown owners.’
The team wanted to bring a sense of place, warmth and comfort to the public areas of the hotel and to honour the new services provided by the Pullman team. Working within the confines of the existing architecture and interiors, they employed bold sculptural interventions.
“Hotels are places for holidays and for business , for relaxation and rest and refuelling, and it’s a business typology that for many years was relatively static and conservative but is now in rapid disruptive change – so this is always when design becomes interesting.”
The Pamper Bar adds a new dimension to the lobby, offering quick beauty treatments and private parties. It also leads guests to the new spa and pool upstairs.
The founder Creative Director Tom Dixon is a restless innovator who rose to prominence in the mid-1980s as an unconventional, unskilled designer with a line of welded salvage furniture. What an incredible path he’s been made!