YESTERDAY was distressingTODAY is unknownTOMORROW is because we also need to be positive about what we do next.
Sharing our latest ideas, improving the spaces around us and finding out what’s happening with our friends around the globe.
But mainly it’s here to stop cabin fever as we all self-isolate.Watch Transmission 25 from SATURDAY:
Our Coal Office hub in Kings Cross, London may be temporarily closed but our studio remains alive. We not only design product and interiors but we cook, build, host, photograph, visualise, paint and more. Featuring @design_research_studio @coaloffice @teenageengineering @thebarefootwelder @peer_lindgreen.
FRIDAY 01.05 – MATERIALITY / Stacking
Tom is obsessed with STACKING. From small desktop ornaments to large architectural blocks and everything in between. In the studio there’s also a tendency to stack, we do it at home, in the studio and in our work. So we challenged our studio team, from home to take 5 minutes out, to stack. This short film shows love and skill of stacking.
THURSDAY 30.04 – MATERIALITY / Clay
CLAY: used everywhere and for everything, this humble material can be transformed into the most extraordinary functional or decorative artefacts through embellishment, exotic firing techniques and complex glazes.
TUESDAY 28.04 – MATERIALITY / Cast Iron
Starting MATERIALITY week with CAST IRON. Dark, heavy and indestructible, cast iron is the metal credited with kick starting the industrial revolution, thanks to its complete versatility. We use it when we need weight (our SCREW table base), but it can also be surprisingly decorative (our SPIN candelabra) thanks to the opportunities afforded by the casting process.
FRIDAY 24.04 – LUMINOSITY / A History Of.
A brief history of Tom Dixon’s Lighting Design journey; outlining his discoveries throughout the years, and what materials and design processes fascinated him the most. His latest interest: the naked beauty of the circuit board and LED lighting source.
THURSDAY 23.04 – LUMINOSITY
Working with the Austrian architectural lighting specialists to launch a new lighting range: CODE. The goal is clear – we are completing each other by merging the technical lighting knowledge of PROLICHT with the unique design vision of Tom Dixon.
WEDNESDAY 22.04 – LUMINOSITY
Handmade Tom Dixon x TIKAU FIBRE lamp (Limited Edition). At this difficult time for the whole world, we need action – and we need design which helps.
FRIDAY 17.04 – NOISY
‘Designers, brands, and manufacturers now need to be more and more conscious of the provenance and the qualities of the materials that they use. We’ve been using cork for a long time, but we’ve never really been aware of its extraordinary sustainability profile.’ – Tom Dixon
WEDNESDAY 15.04 – NOISY
Stella (@i_m_s_t_e_l_l_a) is a young aspirational music curator and DJ. Here’s Stella sharing her Stayin’ Alive playlist (https://bit.ly/StayinAliveStella). Created with these 5 principles: Free, Hopeful, Powerful, Happy, Energetic, for everyone that has to stay home.
TUESDAY 14.04 – NOISY
Listen to Tom Dixon’s full interview with @dezeen’s Marcus Fairs – from Dezeen’s Face to Face podcast series – where Tom Dixon describes how a motorcycle crash forced him to abandon a career as a bass guitarist.”As long as you have attitude, you don’t have to be talented.”
THURSDAY 09.04 – SPACE CAMP
TOM SACHS is a contemporary artist and sculptor, probably best known for his elaborate recreations of various Modern icons, all of them masterpieces of engineering and design of one kind or another. Video is directed by Van Neistat, 2012. Produced on the occasion of Tom Sachs’ Space Program: MARS
WEDNESDAY 08.04 – #USEYOURHANDS #DIY
A step by step guide on (HOW TO) Be More Like Arthur – “A creator, a maker and a collector.” There are many words for the type of art made by Arthur Milo (@made_by_arthur), New York’s youngest design wunderkind.
TUESDAY 07.04 – #USEYOURHANDS #DIY
One of the world’s leading print companies, La Imprimerie du Marais etches its own story – across eight Paris ateliers, producing the world’s finest printed products, writing their new story through timeless keepsakes, diaries, and ephemera.
MONDAY 06.04 – #USEYOURHANDS #DIY
Talented freelance furniture Designer/model-maker, Tom Butterfield prototypes new improved S-Chair to be made out of hard/soft foam moulding…
FRIDAY 03.04 – #USEYOURHANDS #DIY
Here’s Tom Dixon back in the Peckham, London workshop where the original PYLON chair was first produced many moons ago.
THURSDAY 02.04 – #USEYOURHANDS #DIY
These Paper Factor sustainable micropaper surfaces are created by hands and machines for architecture, art, and interior design. 2 of which have adorned the Manzoni, a monastic dining experience in Milan.
WEDNESDAY 01.04 – #USEYOURHANDS #DIY
Inspired by our SWIRL family, now you can create something unique and swirly of your own at home with our Marbling (HOW TO) guide on our blog.
TUESDAY 31.03 – #USEYOURHANDS #DIY
For LDF 2019, Tom designed and welded a one-off chaise longue and during the week Felicity from @rushmatters brought her hand-cut East Anglian bulrush and completed the silhouette.
MONDAY 30.03 – #USEYOURHANDS #DIY
Starting a new week, introducing CRAFTS week. With a throwback to when Tom made something, in under an hour, with a limited number of items (including a copy of the New York Times) and a wild card pick (which Tom chose white tissue paper). Video owned NYT.
FRIDAY 27.03 – Fresh Food Hub
‘Grow your own produce.’ Tom Dixon and James Futcher talk about how gardening can save the world. The raised garden is a botanic oasis with a naturalistic aesthetic…
THURSDAY 26.03 – Fresh Food Hub
Chef Nitai Shevach talks about the importance of helping farmers to stay active and have a circulation despite the circumstances.
WEDNESDAY 25.03 – Fresh Food Hub
Chef Nitai Shevach talks about Natoora introducing him to two types of courgettes, Coal Office’s KUSSA Salad recipe, and what makes it come to life.
TUESDAY 24.03 – Fresh Food Hub
Nitai Shevach, head chef of Coal Office Restaurant talks about the iconic KUBALAH bread. ‘Be careful because it’s addictive.
MONDAY 23.03 – Fresh Food Hub
TOMORROW, our fresh food hub at the Tom Dixon shop in Kings Cross, opened yesterday in collaboration with Natoora – bringing the farm to the city at wholesale prices. Open from Mon to Sat: 10am – 7pm. We also bake. We also cook. Find our daily menu for takeaway and recipes to cook for yourself on the Coal Office’s IG page.
SUNDAY 22.03 – INTRO
Introducing TOMorrow Channel, Tom takes us through the changes made at our headquarters in Kings Cross and Coal Office Restaurant. Serving their last service before the lockdown. ‘The farmers are still looking for somewhere to sell. All the restaurants have closed, but we can set up a food distribution service right here, at the Coal Office and we can get fresh food from the farm, to the City. Tomorrow.’
COAL OFFICE RESTAURANT
FRESH FOOD HUB
TODAY is going to be very tough and we are all having to deal with it.
But can we also please speak about TOMORROW?
At least we know that TOMORROW we are still going to have to eat and eat healthily. And we are going to have to make more of an effort as a community.
We also know spring is here and that’s a good thing. Our farmer’s crops are starting to be ready but with no restaurants to buy their superior British produce it could rot in the fields and greenhouses just at the time it is needed most.
Our friends at NATOORA have the trucks and the expertise to hunt down the very best in local produce and reduce food miles.
We have the COAL OFFICE restaurant ready to organise and to chop and retail.We have a big but dormant TOM DIXON shop bang in the middle of Kings Cross ready to sell, to distribute and to give surplus to those in need.
Now we need YOU and ANYONE that loves food. Anyone that needs the freshest vegetables straight from the fields of Dorset, of Kent and of Cornwall.
People that love the famous COAL OFFICE fresh baked bread. People that want some quality wine from LIBERTY WINES to drown their sorrows.
Anybody that wants a good nourishing honest soup or vegetable stew. People that believe that you are what you eat.
Anyone who wants to help the people with no shelter.
Kind of everybody, really.
SO, THIS IS HOW IT WORKS:
Check our Instagram @coaloffice to find out TODAY the recipe that we will cook TOMORROW
Pre-book the cooked version or simply come and pick up the ingredients and make it yourself.
If you are self-isolating, we can deliver by Deliveroo. Email – ToYou@CoalOffice.com
Monday 23rd March: Moroccan Fennel Salad Recipe Tuesday 24th March: Kubalah Bread Recipe Wednesday 25th March: Kussa Salad RecipeThursday 26th March: Fattoush Salad Recipe Friday 27th March: Spicy Tomato Salad RecipeSaturday 28th March: Harira Soup RecipeSunday 29th March: Bloody Marry RecipeMonday 30th March: Coal Office Ratatouille RecipeTuesday 31st March: Coal Office Polenta Recipe Wednesday 1st April: Stuffed Onions RecipeThursday 2nd April: Jerusalem Artichoke Soup Recipe