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Sean Dix brings his rare creative approach to Remodern.

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Sean Dix represents a rare creative breed. The internationally acclaimed designer isn’t out to achieve pretentious excess. His aim is to create designs that are so thoroughly resolved and purposeful that, rather than slapping you in the face for attention, they just give you the ‘right feeling’ inside.

Sean was born in Kansas City and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After moving to Europe, he studied at Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Domus Academy in Milan, where he set up his design and architecture studio, Dix Office, in 2000. Now based in Hong Kong, he works in four main project areas: retail concept, creative direction, interior architecture plus furniture and product design. His growing list of clients include Moschino, Harrods, Bosco di Ciliegi, Design Within Reach, Fiorucci and La Scala.

Sean Dix's interiors for Convension Plaza in Hong-Kong

Sean’s work is a great example of the type of design we seek to represent. At Remodern, we look for designs that have a very clear purpose and aesthetic, that are beautifully made, and that can be easily absorbed and enjoyed. Not only does Sean’s work reflect his ideal, we also found the rigorous exploration and playful nature of his work captivating, leading to fantastic outcomes.

Each of Sean’s projects is thoroughly researched and relevant concepts are developed, but the key outcome is not pretentious or excessive. As Sean has said, the aim is to create something that is so well designed that you don’t think about the design, you just enjoy it. His analogy describing a lot of current interior design is great - he describes it as a desperate clown riding a unicycle, honking a kazoo, juggling, spinning plates… it really paints a picture! Instead, Sean strips away everything but the essential, until what remains is something that can be enjoyed again and again. This very much aligns with the core concept of our collection, where high-quality craft and an honesty of form and material lead to something that is inherently beautiful and timeless.

Sean Dix designs in our collection include the sculptural Bentwood Shelves, which feature gently upturned layers in American White Oak, American Walnut or American Ash stained black. Also included is the Chicago Armchair, which is a contemporary iteration of a classic form. It has a timeless elegance, featuring a sleek steel frame and upholstered in luxurious black or brown leather.

The Forte table is another beautifully uncomplicated design. Available in dining or coffee table formats with a round, square or rectangular form, materials include the choice of a tempered glass or wood veneer table top and an American White Oak or American Walnut frame.

The Velodrome Mirror is also a perfect example of the Sean Dix approach. A first glance communicates its simplicity and elegance, however a deeper look reveals great skill, not only in the design but also the manufacturing required to achieve such elegant simplicity.

Sean Dix’s work seems to have a certain harmony and understated warmth, which we feel emanates from very thoughtful and uncomplicated detailing of different materials. Regardless of the specific aesthetic of the design, the detail of how different materials or elements interact is always thoughtfully resolved and uncomplicated.

You can explore our Sean Dix collection here

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