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TRENDING DESIGN A N I M A D O M U S + B R I T I S H D E S I G N E R the furniture gods must be dancing! If you are an aficionado of really fabulous contemporary furniture design, news of the partnership between Anima Domus, Miami’s premier destination for high-end home furnishings, and Tom Dixon, Britain’s premier designer of all things contemporary, is enough to send you running to view the display of his exciting new CLUB collection of furniture, lighting and accessories. Born in Tunisia, Dixon grew up in England, where he attended art school before dropping out to play bass with the British band Funkapolitan. Self-taught and multi-talented, the remarkable young man went on to become an award-winning producer of welded salvage furniture in the mid-1980s and the Creative Director for Terence Conran’s Habitat brand from 1998 until starting his own eponymous design company in 2002. Recognized by Her Majesty the Queen with an OBE, Dixon’s iconic designs such as Mirror Ball, Copper Shade, Wingback Chair and Beat Light have won numerous awards and been acquired by some of the world’s most famous art museums. Today they can be seen in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Museums of Modern Art in New York City and Tokyo, and the Centre Beaubourg (Pompidou) in Paris. Most recently, Dixon was named the Maison et Object Designer of the Year 2014. With its emphasis on understanding and catering to the needs of each of its clients, Anima Domus has quickly become a leading resource for contemporary interior furnishings in South Florida. The company recently opened a Pop-Up Showroom in the Wynwood Art District at 3000 N. Miami Ave. and has a second showroom in Aventura at 18245 Biscayne Blvd. A 7,000-square-foot permanent showroom at 5084 Biscayne Blvd. is under construction and scheduled to open in February 2015. Q&A Q. What are your favorite materials to work with and how do they influence your designs? A. I try and avoid having favorite materials, as that is very restricting. It is better to be open to all the possibilities. Q. Your work has been acquired by major museums around the world. What makes you proudest about that? A. I leave that to others. Obviously personal satisfaction is important, but it’s dangerous to become too satisfied. Q. Where do you get your inspiration? A. Bridges and planes and museums and travel and sculpture and space exploration and music and metalwork. I cook and paint, too. 100 november/december 2014 southfloridaluxuryguide.com


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