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. Tom rose to prominence in the mid 1980's as "the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". By the end of the 80's, he was designing chairs for powerhouse Italian brands like Cappellini; by the mid-nineties, he had created his own company, 'Eurolounge', to make and sell his work. His earlier pieces are now collectables and have changed hands at auction houses around the globe. Tom Dixon was appointed head of design by Habitat in 1998 and later became Creative Director until his departure in January 2008. He was the public face of a creative team responsible for driving forward the Habitat brand. To maintain Conran's dream of enriching everyday life through simple, modern design and creating a shopping experience that is theatrical and intimate. Tom's earlier works have been acquired by world famous museums across the globe from the Victoria & Albert Museum through to Museums in New York, Boston, Paris & Tokyo. Tom was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2001 and the most recent accolade included Tom winning Designer of the Year 2008 from Architektur and Wohnen Magazine. With a recognised commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the Tom Dixon brand is inspired by the unique heritage, the individualistic innovation and the robust, no nonsense engineering of these small islands. Today the Tom Dixon portfolio consists of over 45 products of lighting and furniture. Product is sold through a large network of dealers in over 52 countries world-wide. The brand launches new collections annually at major international venues such as the Milan Furniture Fair, ICFF and 100% Design London. In 2005, Tom Dixon created a public installation of 80 meters of public seating based around a rubber theme to celebrate the launch of the London Design festival and in 2006 the seating theme was extended with the 'Chair Grab', 500 polystyrene chairs were given to the general public. In 2007, Tom Dixon organised the 'Great Light Giveaway' of 1000 lights with a low energy bulb to the general public, bringing further awareness to the use of CFL's and sustainability within design. In 2007, Tom Dixon launched a US division of the company, offering comprehensive distribution through the opening of a warehouse in New Jersey as well as a US based service team. In September 2008, a new partnership was formed between Tom Dixon and George Smith to launch a new upholstery collection Tom Dixon by George Smith. In 2002, Design Research Ltd launched an interior design arm to the business Design Research Studio. Under the creative direction of Tom, Design Research Studio has worked on many prestigious projects including the new Paramount members club at Centre Point, Shoreditch House, Habitat Regent Street, Tokyo Hipsters Member Club and London Design Embassy at the ICA.