There’s no doubt the Tom Dixon-designed Beat pendant lights are gorgeous. Just look at those classic retro shapes. Then run your hands over the slightly powdery black finish, feel the weight of the metal, the luscious curves, and slide a fingertip across the brilliant bronze-colored interior. Lovely.
I saw these lights in an Australian decor magazine a couple of years ago. They were shown in a modernist house in South Africa, grouped asymetrically from an extremely high ceiling over a solid timber dining table and concrete floors. Industrial chic, indeed.
These, I decided, would be my new dining-room light fittings, arranged in an asymmetrical group of four and replacing the existing 1978-vintage textured-plastic ceiling fitting.
Since then the Beat family of lights has featured in many a photo shoot, usually in a kitchen or dining area. Matt Blatt and others have even produced their own lower-cost versions.
Like the birch-forest and fake-bookcase wallpapers, the Tom Dixon Beat light fittings have become an almost commonplace shorthand for a particular interior design aesthetic — in this case the lights say, “this is modern industrial decor with a nod to early Space Age sleekness.”
So I started looking for alternatives and Domayne came to the rescue. Meet my new dining-table pendant lights.
I love the 70s shapes, which suit the age of the house. The shiny colors are reminiscent of anodised aluminium drinking-cups we had for picnics when I was a kid. Stylish and fun, and about one-quarter the price of the Dixon grouping.
- Tom Dixon – the Beat family of light shades
- Matt Blatt’s replicas of Tom Dixon lights
- Blast Multi pendant light at Domayne
- Genuine Fake Books wallpaper by Debra Bownesse
- Birch wallpaper in Cole and Son’s Contemporary II collection; also available at Anthropologie as ‘woods wallpaper’