The Tom Dixon Melt collection is a combination of skilled craftsmanship and modern technology. By combining the old art of blow molding with the technological advances of design, the Melt pendants, table, and floor lamps were created. Tom Dixon describes the Melt collection as, 'Melt is evocative of molten glass, the interior of a melting glacier, or images of deep space'.
These interesting lights are created through the process of blow molding and vacuum metallisation. Both of which take great skill and precision. To create each melted orb, they inject melted plastic polymer into a precision-made steel mold, inflated with compressed air, and then cooled. This forms the iconic Melt shape perfectly every time. Once cooled, the orbs are then transformed into metallic wonders using a highly technical process of vacuum metallisation. By creating a vacuum within the shade and sending an electrical current through it, one small piece of copper foil is vapourised into a fine mist that settles on the interior of the shade.
This technique allows the lampshade to have two iconic looks. When switched off, the shade is a highly reflective metallic orb. However, when switched on the shade becomes translucent and reveals the unique metallic patterns inside.