Born in Sfax, Tunisia in 1959, to a French/Latvian mother and an English father, Dixon moved to England aged four and spent
his school years in London.
It wasn't long before Dixon's sculptural objects began to get recognition and commissions and exhibitions followed. This rapid
increase in demand required a more plentiful and reliable source of materials. He turned his attention to ready-made forms
and technology to feed his increased interest in industrial techniques and batch production.
As Dixon's international reputation grew, he was approached by Italian furniture design company, Cappellini. He began to be
taken seriously on the international stage as Cappellini worked to put some of his designs into major production.
Tom Dixon's appointment as Head of the UK design studio at the furniture retailer Habitat in 1998 was considered
controversial. He came from a self-employed background instead of a corporate culture and was never considered
"establishment".Dixon led the company through its biggest makeover and quickly won recognition by becoming Head of
International Design in 1999 and Creative Director in 2001.