The Blow Torch According to the Venerated London Designer
“I first picked one up when I needed to repair a vintage motorcycle,” explains Tom Dixon of his virgin encounter with a blow torch, in the second installment of our On Design series that invites designers to ruminate on an item of particular significance to them. “That’s when I discovered I loved welding as much as I loved motorbikes.” The one-time nightclub impresario and self-taught fabricator’s first industrial design experiments were with pieces of discarded scrap metal that he found as a student, before London’s Victoria and Albert Museum purchased his S Chair for their permanent collection in 1992, with the Museum of Modern Art in New York following suit soon after. Dixon has worked with modern design pioneers Artek, and has fostered an eponymous brand renowned for creating metal light fixtures, which have become emblems of modern British design. “Design as a term is thrown about so casually,” says Dixon, “but in the end all designers have one common goal, which is trying to improve the way we live.”
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Chris Blackwell Teams Up With Radio Nova To Relaunch His Exclusive Resort
Today we premiere a lyrical portrait of Chris Blackwell’s Jamaican getaway, GoldenEye, and the relaunch party that the Island Records founder recently hosted to celebrate the resort's new look. Music legend “Toots” Hibbert (of Toots and the Maytals, whose "Funky Kingston" soundtracks our film) rubbed shoulders with fellow guests including Jimmy Buffett, Grace Jones and Kevin McDonald, who is currently directing a documentary about reggae legend Bob Marley; all danced the day away to deejays from Paris-based station Radio Nova. Over the past three years, the retreat in Oracabessa Bay has seen the addition of 17 new cottages, a spa and the beachside Bar Bizot, named after Blackwell's friend Jean-François Bizot, the late founder of Radio Nova. While today it may be an A-list destination frequented by Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Bono and Kate Moss, GoldenEye had the humblest of beginnings as a 15-acre donkey racetrack. The transformation began in 1946, courtesy of James Bond author Ian Fleming, who purchased the land to build his dream house. After taking ownership in 1976, Blackwell went about converting it into an ultra-exclusive mecca. NOWNESS caught up with the music mogul over one of his famed frozen GoldenEye cocktails.