Luminosity by Tom Dixon @ Salone Milan 2012

Luminosity by Tom Dixon @ Salone Milan 2012

British design company Tom Dixon launched ‘Luminosity’ a showcase of new lamps, lights and shades presented in a series of illuminated environments, at MOST, a festival of design, innovation and culture held at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology in Milan (MOST).

Luminosity is Tom Dixon‘s an exploration of light.

Welcoming guests to the space are these Tom Dixon-designed lamps that explore the idea of geometric shapes in design and cast atmospheric, angular shadows when lit.

Using the latest technologies and materials, drawn from the worlds of engineering, mathematics and nature, industrial designer Tom Dixon’s new products shed as much light on the mechanisms and effects of luminous objects as on the design aesthetic itself.

On a mission to illuminate and furnish the future, Tom Dixon aims to de-mystify preconceptions of artificial light and to educate people on the future of lighting.

tom dixon with lustre lamps chandelier

Lustre lamps

A departure from his highly finished signature metallic fixtures, the primitive shapes and finish of the Lustre handmade ceramic collections give an iridescent glazed and twice-fired to create a shimmering effect.

Dixon describes Lustre as, “reminiscent of hidden colours in nature, seen in peacock feathers or oil slicks on water.”

Available in four shapes


The disappearance of the incandescent bulb, a predictable and desirable development, has opened up many new possibilities for the evolution of light design.

The Fin lights expertly exposes the inner engineering workings and electrical components of the light ( traditionally hidden from view ) making the circuit board, “the hero of the design.”

A heat sink forms the body and structure, a lens magnifies the exposed circuit board. The extruded aluminum casing is a self-contained piece featuring both the shade and light in one.

Dixon calls this collection his, “ode to engineering and an introduction to new and rapidly changing lighting technologies.”

The lamps incorporate shade and electrical components into a single structure, thanks to a casing of extruded aluminum that serves to cool the outer surface. An acrylic disc at the bottom diffuses and enhances the light of 6 powerful LEDs. It can have a chrome steel, bronze or dark blue finish.

Etch Web

The Etch “Web” continues with Dixon’s more recent experimentation with stamped metal forms that engage his audience in a larger conversation about manufacturing and production.

The Etched Web Copper Pendant Light, by Tom Dixon, creates magical angular shadows when lit for an atmospheric experience.

Precise angular formations construct a sculptural sphere, digitally photo etched from copper anodised aluminium. A web of irregular pentagon shapes are repeated 60 times to construct an elaborate form with intricate lines dissecting larger shapes into new configurations for a mesmerizing silhouette.

An oversized LED bulb is suspended within its centre highlighting the magnificent copper shapes.


The digitally manufactured etch shades and candleholders are now available in two new colours, copper and stainless steel creating a trio of finishes in the Etch family.

The Tom Dixon Etch Light is an acid etched pendant light inspired by the logic of pure mathematics. It’s made up of 0.4mm digitally etched brass sheets. The detailed pattern creates a mass of intricate shadows when lit.

Etch can be used with any standard electrical fitting or it’s also available with a specially designed Etch brass electrical fitting.

Three different finishes are available; brass, copper and silver each with a cable to complement.

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