At Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016, ege presented Industrial Landscape for the very first time. An eye catching double sized stand, also designed by Tom Dixon, represented seven expressive installations, each of them telling the story of an impressive carpet design.
London – the source of inspiration
London is the departure point for the collection and for Tom Dixon a world of inspiration. Perhaps not the prettiest, nor the most glamorous, but certainly one of the most characterful cities in the world.
The collection interprets the gritty backdrops of railways, tunnels, factories, workshops and warehouses. Materials so prevalent that they make a huge impact. Surfaces - cracked paving stones and brick blocks make up the crumbling industrial landscape while the massive tidal River Thames splits the city in two, and new reflective glass towers begin to dominate the skyline.
Carpet is a powerful decor element
Industrial Landscape is Tom Dixon’s first carpet collection comprising tiles and broadloom and on this, he elaborates: "I am obviously very interested in the materiality, and the carpet in itself is an extraordinary thing when you see the tufting process and the selection of the yarn. But, I am interested beyond the material and the kind of impact it has on the architectural perspectives. Colour is a very powerful thing as is pattern, particularly when you use it in large expanses as you do with a contract carpet."
“We have created a deconstructed brick pattern, a pattern inspired by the railway lines of London and one that refers to the Thames and the grey muddy water of the river. We also have a pattern that has more to do with down market aesthetics in the form of crazy paving. So, the collection is a series of patterns and textures that come naturally from the building process or the erosion process.” - Tom Dixon
Infamously self-taught, Tom Dixon (OBE) is an internationally renowned British Designer, Creative Director of eponymous brand Tom Dixon (est. 2002). His works are included in permanent collections of the world’s most prestigious museums, including the V&A and the MoMA. Tom Dixon has built his universe through intensely diverse experiences, from music, contemporary lighting, furniture and accessories to high profile projects including the Restaurant at The Royal Academy in London, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Barbecoa as well as Shoreditch House. Most recently Tom’s Design Research Studio completed their first ever hotel project, redesigning the iconic Thames-side Mondrian Sea Containers in London.
Designer Tom Dixon at the launch of Industrial Landscape at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016
The collection features seven designs available as carpet tiles and broadloom that transform into different expressions reinterpreting the rough, raw everyday surfaces of the London cityscape that is so familiar to Tom Dixon. Tiles and broadloom can be mixed or combined with other ege collections to get a truly unique flooring solution for one room or projects with several spaces.
The green choice
All carpet tiles have the patented Ecotrust felt backing. An innovative production technique turns used water bottles into a soft, yet strong and highly durable PET felt that also holds great acoustic performance. Combined with the Highline 1100 face quality that is made of regenerable ECONYL® yarns produced from used fishing nets, the product is 100% green. The tiles have achieved a Cradle to Cradle Certificate.
The industrial history, production and manufacture of a coal-powered city.
The constant evolution and regeneration of people, places and ideas.
The marks of travel with crossing tracks, networks and connections.
The motion, sediment and flow of the tidal river Thames.
The distorted city reflections in transient bits of water.
The London brick is the symbol and defining material of the cityscape.
The beauty of deterioration and imperfections of everyday surfaces