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Innovative British designer Tom Dixon brings his signature style to the West Coast.

Designer Tom Dixon at The Shop: Curve x Tom Dixon, the stunning new boutique he recently opened in Culver City with Nevena Borissova.

Can Tom Dixon do it all? Looking back on the London-based designer’s impressive three-decadelong career, the answer is a resounding yes. From lighting, furniture, apparel and fragrance to crafting some of the world’s hottest restaurants and hotels (Eclectic in Paris, Mondrian London), Dixon has made a name for himself with his sinuous shapes, innovative finishes and an uncanny ability to continuously set trends at a global level.

Now, following the arrival of a second NYC showroom earlier this year, Dixon has teamed up with Nevena Borissova to open The Shop: CURVE x Tom Dixon at Platform in Culver City. The 7,000-square-foot Dixon-designed boutique carries not only his dramatic furniture and home decor, but Borrisova’s carefully curated mix of designer clothing and accessories as well. “For a long time, I’ve been wanting to experiment with getting outside of the interior design ghetto and work in other contexts,” says Dixon. “I think we can learn a lot from fashion in terms of being fast-moving, more exciting and better at communication. Plus, I like the idea of decorating a bigger store and having some softness and color coming in from the clothes overlapping.”

When asked why he chose to open in Los Angeles, Dixon speaks of the city’s rising allure. “It feels like there’s a whole new buzz going on about L.A. There’s a critical mass now in arts; there’s a food culture that’s influencing the globe; fashion is becoming interesting; and there’s a significant music industry here,” he says. “When you get a continent of creative things like that, it means that they can all feed off each other and become quite important globally and culturally.”

As for what’s next, expect the unexpected. “The beauty of design in general is, unless you allow yourself to be pigeonholed, you’ve got a new challenge every day,” says Dixon, who is currently working on his first motorcycle project. “I like to stick myself in unfamiliar and challenging territory, like Los Angeles, in a fashion shop. When I’m completely naive and not an expert at something, that pushes me to innovate.” 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.237.5422

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