In the post On Knowing The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing: More on Why Things Cost More, the final reccommendation was that one should look around for the "next Eames, Panton, or Le Corbusier." One example might be Tom Dixon, who is producing designs in a broad range of markets and prices. When in Bologna recently at the LAMIERA machine tools exhibition, I saw his new Stamp Chair, designed for TRUMPF, a big German machine tool company, as it was punched out on a big computerized Trumpf TruPunch 3000 and then sent to a folding machine. Dixon says that the chair is "reminiscent of the hood for the legendary Citroën 2CV automobile." (Really? I don't see it.)
You can see a chair being cut out above, and in a box below. The leftover pieces of 1 millimeter thick galvanized steel are folded into the Stamp Lamp. The process took perhaps thirty seconds.
The Stamp Lamp is now for sale; no word yet on whether the Stamp Chair will be. But like Charles Eames sixty years ago with molded plywood and fiberglass, Dixon is using the latest tools available today, designing a chair that utilizes them to their best advantage and creating something that is original and very modern.
Instead of buying a cheap knockoff of the old, it is time to embrace the new.