Tom Dixon is a self-taught designer whose first furniture designs were made from found objects, such as sections of scaffolding and old grates. He rose to prominence as an industrial designer in 1991 with his S Chair for Cappellini. The Victoria and Albert Museum purchased the S-Chair for its permanent collection in 1992, followed shortly thereafter by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In 1998, he was appointed Head of Design and later Creative Director by the Habitat home furnishing chain, working there until 2008. He established the Tom Dixon brand in 2002. From 2004-09, Dixon was Creative Director for Finnish furniture manufacturer Artek. His lighting range Copper Shade debuted in 2005 which became one of Dixon's most popular designs. In 2007 he designed the furnishings for the exclusive Shoreditch House club in London. A sportswear collection designed by Dixon was brought out by Adidas in 2013. He has also collaborated with IKEA on a range of furniture and lighting.
Tom Dixon was appointed an OBE for services to British Design in 2001.