Born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to England in 1963. Educated in London he dropped out of Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band Funkapolitan before teaching himself welding. Starting out as an autodictat, Dixon has since been art director of Habitat and Artek and created his own brand. He rose to prominence in the mid 1980's as "the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". He set up ‘Space’ as a creative think-tank and shop front for himself and other young designers. By the late 1980's, he was working for the Italian giant Cappellini for whom he designed the Iconic ‘S’ chair. Today the Tom Dixon portfolio consists of over 45 products of lighting and furniture. His products are sold through a large network of dealers in over 52 countries world-wide.