Tom Dixon: Polystyrene Chair Grab

Landmark Project

15 — 30 Sept 2006


Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square



In 2006, designer Tom Dixon teamed up with EPS (expanded polystyrene) Packaging Group to develop a lightweight structural chair concept, where 500 chairs were given away for free in the heart of Trafalgar Square.

In a bid to make design relevant and available to all Londoners, Tom Dixon collaborated with the EPS (expanded polystyrene) Packaging Group to give away 500 designer chairs in Trafalgar Square – giving anyone a chance to own his creation. Dixon took a fresh look at a familiar material; expanded polystyrene (EPS), widely known as the polystyrene packaging that protects valuable purchases and fresh food in transit. He explained, “EPS is incredibly lightweight and totally versatile – unique amongst plastics; a designer gets the unusual opportunity of working in large solid volumes. Making a polystyrene chair has given me the opportunity to fulfil an ambition to make design available to all; this time literally, by giving away hundreds of these chairs to Londoners – absolutely, no chains attached, 100 percent free!” Supported by EPS Packaging Group.