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The importance of creativity with Tom Dixon and Alex Breuer

Guardian Live

Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 13:30 to 15:00 (BST)

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Event Details

Alice Fisher, editor of The Observer’s Design magazine, will be in conversation with renowned British designer Tom Dixon at his Kings Cross hub, the Coal Office, and the Guardian’s creative director, Alex Breuer, about the global business of design, their unconventional career paths and the importance of creativity.

Dixon’s design career rose to prominence in the eighties while he was performing in a band. Combining performance with welding, what emerged from the brutalist, untamed creativity of the eighties was his keen eye for the antiestablishment artistic attitudes symptomatic of the era.

Now, the self-taught designer is a leading voice in international design: his works have been acquired by and showcased in the likes of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. His upcoming London Design Festival exhibition at the Coal Office, TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty, will fill his King’s Cross hub with a design feast for the future.

As the Guardian’s creative director, Breuer has led the paper through its award-winning design transformation from Berliner to tabloid, embodying the main theme of “space for ideas” to reimagine the way we connect with content.

In this space for ideas and conversation, Dixon and Breuer will be exploring the importance of creativity, sustainability, innovation, and how their interesting career paths have led them to this exciting point in the past, present and future of design.

Event schedule

1.30pm - Complimentary drinks and canapés on arrival

2pm - Event commences

3pm - Event finishes

Against the industrial backdrop of Coal Drops Yard, the Coal Office leads the way as a multi-disciplinary platform in design. Functioning as a live studio combining shop, workshop and office all under one roof, with the culinary delights of a restaurant and roof terrace.

This event is part of London Design Festival. 

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Running time: 60 minutes, no interval.

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email

Do you have questions about The importance of creativity with Tom Dixon and Alex Breuer? Contact Guardian Live

When & Where

The Coal Office
4-10 Bagley Walk Arches
Coal Drops Yard
N1C 4PQ London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 13:30 to 15:00 (BST)

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