Born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to England in 1963. Educated in London he dropped out of Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band Funkapolitan before teaching himself welding. Tom rose to prominence in the mid 1980's as "the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". By the end of the 80's he was designing chairs for powerhouse Italian brands like Cappellini. Tom Dixon was appointed head of design by Habitat in 1998 and later became Creative Director until his departure in January 2008. He was the public face of a creative team responsible for driving forward the Habitat brand and maintaining Conran's dream of enriching everyday life through simple, modern design. Tom's earlier works have been acquired by museums around the world from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to Museums in New York, Boston, Paris & Tokyo.