Tom Dixon is a well-known British designer who is acknowledged for his creativity and out-of-the-box ideas. For his latest project, Dixon transformed a historic 17th-century church into a co-working space.
Dixon teamed up with Andrew Baughen, the church vicar, to bring more than the morning prayer service to the church. The temporary transformation was a part of the London’s Clerkenwell Design Week. Dixon set up a co-working space as well as a restaurant in the St. James Church in Clerkenwell.
The vintage architecture was given a contemporary touch with the unique lighting fixtures and furnishings. Baughen wanted to change the traditional concept of the church and wanted to make the building available to the Clerkenwell residents during daytime. Dixon seized upon the opportunity to transform the Central London church into a historic setting to display his creative furniture and lighting designs.
The soaring ceilings of the Clerkenwell church and the stained glass was the perfect backdrop for the display. Dixon said in his statement:
“As the Church evolves and adapts to the new conditions of the 21st century, the opportunity of opening up to new audiences and unexpected collaborations becomes a necessity. For the design audience and the more permanent residents of Clerkenwell, we hope that a contemplative and spiritual space becomes more comfortable and accessible thanks to our small intervention.”
The silver-coated CURVE lights formed a stunning chandelier against the colourful stained glass windows. The geometric designs of the furniture in the co-working space created a sharp contrast to the antique setting. Dixon has donated the chandelier as well as a few geometric furniture pieces as a gift to the St. James Church in Clerkenwell.