The designer Tom Dixon is based in a fabulous old building called The Coal Office in Kings Cross. He has his headquarters, studio, and shop there. He also owns the adjoining restaurant/cafe , which uses many of his products. I was there last week with other journalists to view his new products, mainly his new fragrances that come in the form of candles, room diffusers, soaps and hand lotions. There were also a couple of new drink ware ranges for hot and cold drinks and some very nice coat hooks and other artifacts called Swirl. Whilst I was there I took the opportunity to view his furniture, textile and lighting ranges that he sells in his shop. everything is thoughtfully designed and very beautifully presented.
Tom Dixon started his recent adventures into the peculiar world of fragrance a few years ago with his Eclectic collection that was structured around the exotic smells of London, Royalty and Orientalist. This year he has refreshed the vessel form that hold the candles, with an elegant, new slim waisted metal container and added two more refined perfumes to the collection – Underground and Alchemy.
Underground is described thus, ”In the dark subterranean, hidden below the surface, rhizomes secretly grow and slowly develop the fresh, sharp intense fragrance of ginger. This is combined with woody Haitian cardamom to make the unique scent of Underground.
Alchemy is influenced by the endless search to transform basic materials into a valuable substance, sharp black pepper, woody cypress, eucalyptus, exotic patchouli and smoky guaiac wood combine to create the precious perfume of Alchemy.
The London fragrance captures the smell of red brick and London parks with crocuse and nettles, and the salty smell of Thames at Dagenham. Encased in a copper vessel with marble lid.
Orientalist is inspired by the faint memory of an Indian wedding with rose petal garlands, giant cinnamon sticks on beach stalls and the musky smells of the Chinese herbal market. Encased in a brass vessel with marble lid.
Royalty is a reminiscence of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones, strawberry jam and the drive home in a ‘52 Bentley with tatty leather seats. Encased in a nickel-plated brass vessel, with a marble lid.Orientalist is inspired by the faint memory of an Indian wedding with rose petal garlands, giant cinnamon sticks on beach stalls and the musky smells of the Chinese herbal market. Encased in a brass vessel with marble lid.
Tom Dixon has also created travelers gift set with a trio of mini scented candles contained within a hand-spun vessel formed of copper, nickel and brass. The scents are created to capture the essence of travelling, trading, and the nostalgic past within the future of British life.
For further details see Tom Dixon’s website: http://Tomdixon.net
Review: Juliet Bawden