Five things Tom Dixon wishes he had created | ET REALITY



“Fuller was not a trained architect, but he dreamed of the future. He still looks very modern, especially compared to the (contemporary) buildings.”

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“Starley (incorporated) the chain drive mechanism, and it’s still a mystery to me how fast you can travel with so little energy. I tend to go for things that are eureka moments of engineering rather than mere design.”

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“In the 1960s, people wanted to find new ways to socialize. I still remember sitting in my first bean bag chair and thinking it was a huge leap of imagination combined with a new material (styrofoam balls), which is always what drives the design.”

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“Many designers make artistic furniture today, but the Lalannes did it long before that. “It’s fun and surreal and yet beautifully crafted – in brass, a metal I’m obsessed with.”

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“I took a couple of acid pills when I was a kid and it was very stimulating. Wolfe’s writings are too.”

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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