After decades of production through Italy’s Cappellini, Tom Dixon’s iconic Pylon chair design from the early 1990s is now available through the designer’s namesake UK firm. In fact, the Pylon chair is even being fabricated by the skilled metalworker who was originally taught to weld by Dixon himself.
Dixon’s impetus for the Pylon chair was to design the world’s lightest metal chair. As described by the designer, “The remaking of the Pylon Chair countless times, to reinforce weak points and prevent collapse, taught me how to make things properly. A crash course in structural engineering. The results make me believe more in the underlying structures of an object, rather than in their surfaces, and leaves me in awe of the structural engineer.”
Pylon is composed of a lattice of individually measured 3mm stainless steel rods that are welded together by hand. The finished frame is powder-coated in a bright royal blue. As much sculpture as it is seating, Pylon is one of the first examples of furniture design that employed CAD.