Barry Dixon was raised in the South and many other countries around the world. His father’s international job afforded the family continual exposure to cultural artifacts and splendid architecture in locales such as Korea, South Africa and French Polynesia. Plus, they were constantly setting up house which was a joyful tradition. These colorful and eye-opening experiences have formed an invaluable foundation for Barry’s layered and soulful approach to interior design in which artifacts and antiques play an integral part, as well as his product collections which tap global inspiration, fashion, nature and nostalgia.
Q Can you imagine a home without antiques and collections?
A No. Not at all. Antiques connect our past to our present, and collections express who we are and connect ourselves to our homes. Without these elements a home loses its sense of identity… its personality. It becomes a place rather than a home.
Q Rules of arrangement: When placing objects or art in a space do you follow any guidelines? How much is practice-makes-perfect and how much is intuition?
A Principles of proportion, scale, and balance are employed as we arrange things, but that’s just a good start. Experience elevates the skill of arrangement. But intuition… an innate spark of individuality and unexpected know how… leads to the sublime.
Q Are antiques integral in your new product collections.
A Absolutely! Many are carbon reproductions of antiques that I could use a thousand ways.
Q The Aramis Sconce that you designed for Arteriors has got to be one of the most pinned lighting fixtures. What is its origin?
A Inspiration for the Aramis came from an Alexander McQueen hat/headdress in his “Savage Beauty” exhibition at the Met.
Q What was the first antique that you purchased? What drew you to it?
A I was still in college, and I saw an old English walnut arm chair in the window of an antique store. I passed it often, admiring its strong, classic frame, turned legs, and its swooping, slightly oversized arms. One day it was missing from the window and I rushed in to find out if it had been sold. It was standing near the front desk and I bought it on the spot. I still have that chair and still think it’s beautiful!
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THE ART OF COLLECTING
A PANEL WITH LARRY LASLO, MICHELLE WORKMAN, BARRY DIXON, STACEY TIVERON.
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