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A New Line Of Steampunk-Inspired Accessories From Tom Dixon

The all-star British designer releases his latest throwback collection, assembled from what look like old factory parts.

Last year, around this time, Tom Dixon released a retro-styled line of home accessories called Eclectic. True to the name, the curious collection was intended for “the eccentric collector’s cabinet, the modern architect’s table, and the British tearoom trolley.”

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Last week the British designer rolled out seven new lines of trinkets that also seem to harken back to a forgotten era. Made from brass, the Cog collection of candle and tea-light holders all mimic the shapes and textures of factory-made parts.


The tabletop collection called Arc includes a trivet, a bottle opener, and a corkscrew, all built from gleaming gold-hued brass (a favorite material of Dixon’s), and looks like a fancied-up version of chemistry lab equipment. As the designer tells Dezeen, they’re “science fiction-inspired futuristic simplicity combined with practical shapes that are easy to use.”

As fantasy-driven as the new accessories may be, they all tie back into Dixon’s larger design thesis: By designing with hefty materials, and in stalwart shapes, everyday things can have major staying power.

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Margaret Rhodes is a former associate editor for Fast Company magazine.

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