Tom Dixon‘s new Fin Light is a beautiful, new collection of lamps that reveal the British designer’s admiration for designer-engineers like Buckminster Fuller. As the feature of his ‘Luminosity’ showcase at the MOST festival, happening at the upcoming Milan Design Week, the Fin Light collection is equal parts elegance and engineering.

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With these glimmering orbs, the inner details, normally hidden from view, become central to the design, exemplifying form as function. The heat sink, an external aluminum component used to cool electrical equipment, serves at once as both shade and light. Rounding out the bottom, an acrylic lens diffuses 6 LEDs into a scallop-edged broad beam of light. Finished in polished steel, bronze or navy blue, the Fin collection includes both a round and oblong pendant and table light.

The name of the collection itself seems an ode to Artek, the Finnish furniture manufacturer founded by the designer-architect Alvar Aalto in the 1930s, where Dixon serves as creative director. Dixon’s latest design displays a timeless elegance and cutting edge functionality and exemplifies the designer’s interest in process.

“A kind friend once described me as a ‘vertebrate designer’,” Dixon comments. “That means that I design from the bones outwards.” With the Fin this approach is brought brilliantly to light.

+ Tom Dixon