Tom Dixon is in Milan for Fuorisalone 2021 with a new project revolving around LED lights
Tom Dixon is back in Milan for the Fuorisalone 2021; this is the first stop on a Grand Tour of eight European cities. The focus of the Grand Tour, inspired by the traditional Grand Tour of Italy, is represented by the new lighting collections by Tom Dixon, shown in the Luminosity exhibition and in the Black Light sculptures.
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For Milan’s Fuorisalone, Tom Dixon has organized a special exhibition at the Valextra store, next to The Manzoni restaurant, Tom Dixon’s hub in Milan. The Valextra store, the iconic Italian luxury leather goods brand, in the version interpreted by John Pawson in 2019, is the ideal setting for Tom Dixon’s works, sitting alongside the Chiaroscuro handbag collection.
The British designer and entrepreneur has designed the Black Light sculptures inspired by Italian designers Achille Castiglioni, Ettore Sottsass and Gio Ponti. This is Tom Dixon’s debut in LED lights with the CODE collection developed with Austrian firm Prolicht.
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CODE: LED lights according to Tom Dixon
“These sculptures are the result of two years of intensive research with our Austrian partner, Prolicht, aimed at rethinking track lighting,” explained Tom Dixon. “We decided to show the potential of this new system by creating 10 light sculptures with state-of-the-art diodes that emit a warm white light. On the largest sculpture, there are as many as 10,000 individual light points emitting a surprisingly soft light.”
CODE utilizes bare LEDs on circuit boards that can be used to create thin strips, delicate chains and continuous columns of light. Thanks to CODE, light can create atmosphere in various settings – from warm to cold – or simply work as a decorative element to complete an interior design idea. CODE’s light intensity is adjustable: run at full power, these arrays deliver raw, unfiltered light; dimmed down, the boards act as decorative elements and graphic patterns of light float against black backgrounds.
The versatility of the CODE system allows for a multitude of sculptural forms. In addition to the sculptures created by Tom Dixon, on display at Valextra for Fuorisalone 2021, it is possible to create other special projects. The sculptures currently on display are Screen, a portable light wall; Totem, a unique column of light; Beacon, formed by modules rotating 360°; Explosion, created for iconic wall installations.