Born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to England in 1963. He dropped out of the Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band “Funkapolitan” before teaching himself first to weld, then to produce furniture. Tom rose to prominence in the mid-1980's as “the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". He set up a space to use as a creative think-tank and store front for himself and other young designers.
In the late 1980s he was working for the Italian furniture giant Cappellini for whom he designed the iconic ‘S’ chair. By the '90s, Dixon was a household name in the design field.