The Dock is a new design venue located at Portobello Dock in Ladbroke Grove, London. The massive recently completed complex consists of over 40,000 square feet of space, part of which houses Tom Dixon's first London showroom. During the festival the facilities are also home to several pop-up shops/cafes, a series of special events and over fifty independent designer/studio exhibitors. The concept for the West London emporium came from Dixon and is sponsored by architectural studio Derwent London.
Dixon's new showroom, the Shop, has the full Tom Dixon collection on display, including several new pieces from his 2009 series: Utility. The space, created by Studio TooGood, is designed to look like the stage of a set, reflecting the industrial aesthetic of the designer, while lending focus to individual materials. Included in Dixon's new series are the Trio, Quad and Pentad vessels, Offcut stools, Pressed Glass lighting and a series of candelabras.
Dixon added to his Pressed Glass pendant collection and cast iron floor and table candelabras.
The Offcut stool is created from scraps of oak normally discarded during the manufacturing process. The leftover remnants, which have uneven edges and inconsistencies, become the interesting center pieces of the design.