Gifts Today magazine

Tom Dixon taps into ritualism

Wanting the process of preparing hot drinks to look like alchemy, British designer Tom Dixon's new glassware collection puts a playful spin on laboratory glass

Renowned for his innovative lighting designs, British designer Tom Dixon has extended his expertise with a new glassware collection.

The new Bump collection, unveiled at Maison & Objet, Paris, has been designed to make the process of preparing hot drinks look like alchemy. Designed to showcase the process of boiling, steaming and pouring liquid, the collection is based on the types of glassware used in laboratories.

And while laboratory-inspired glassware is not a new thing, Tom has put his own playful spin on these forms, reimagining double-skinned designs in shades of grey and pink.

The collection is an exercise in manipulating the conical, spherical and tubular building blocks that the brand enjoys playing with—of double-walled glassmaking, and a play in transparency and translucence.

The pieces from the new collection are made from borosilicate, a type of glass often used in laboratories as it has a low thermal expansion, and is shatter-resistant.

The collection includes a jug, tall and short glasses, a tea pot and tea cups, with each piece designed with the intention of bringing a sense of “ritualism” to drinking and hosting.

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