Void is a lovely little preview of the new collection by Tom Dixon entitled Industry, which will show at Super Studio Più as part of Milan Design Week 2010. The shiny suspension lamps are constructed using “a double wall spun construction.” Available in solid copper, brass, or stainless steel, Void brings new meaning to the phrase, “Everything that glitters is not gold.” Termed “a mysterious lighting object ” by the Dixon team, Void hangs like a deflated sphere—what once represented a planet.
Void. Designed by Tom Dixion.
Perhaps I’m getting a bit too dystopian. The lamps are shiny, after all, and light (and reflection and refraction) brings a splash of happiness to anyone (except Edith Piaf, who reportedly preferred the dark). If I were in a better mood, I might say the Void Lamps look like bells that would sing a lovely note—or like some exotic inflorescence. Void refers to the concave center of the pendant lamp, which could become un chapeau for a very tall gentleman—a contemporary version of an avant-garde hat (take note, fans of Devo).
You can see it in April at Milan Design Week and decide what it looks like yourself. The Tom Dixon space should be worth visiting, given its interactive format. Remember Bollo, the crumpled lamp that Brion Experimental let visitors fashion at their Diseño con Acento booth in Córdoba? Well, Tom Dixon will also be getting visitors involved: “A digitally manufactured brass lamp will be available either flat-packed to the size of an envelope or assembled on site by the Tom Dixon team. The installation aims to demonstrate the new found power of the designer, as a digital manufacturer, able to access world markets with fresh products in previously unimaginable time scales.” Is it me, or does that description—demonstrating power, accessing the globe—make it sound like Tom Dixon’s planning to become a superhero?