Tom Dixon says the light that helped turn his company into an international brand would have been less successful if the design had achieved what he set out to create. The lamp is one of Dixon’s best-selling products – his brand sells over 1,000 every month. However, the British designer claims the success of the product was completely inadvertent.

I thought that if I made the simplest shape I could get away with in highly polished mirror, it would be invisible because it would reflect its surroundings Tom Dixon says. In practice, it did the polar opposite. Tom Dixon explains. “It is very much a focal point of a room, almost a blingy object in a way. But it made it a more successful object commercially as a result.”