Dixon’s beginnings in design were anything but ordinary. After dropping out of art school following a motorcycle accident, Dixon taught himself welding in order to fix his bike– subsequently falling into industrial design instead. His do-it-yourself approach to design matched London’s post-punk aesthetic in the early 1980s. A few years later he had opened his first retail venue, Space, and received international acclaim for his Cappellini-produced S Chair in 1989. Dixon became the head of design of Habitat, a British interiors brand, in 1998. He continues to initiate new projects as an independent designer and as creative director of Artek, the Finnish furniture manufacturer founded by the architect Alvar Aalto in the 1930s.