The flag bearer of solid British furniture design, Tom Dixon, has this year brought functionality and endurance back to the centre of his design agenda. Dense pressed glass lights, hardwearing enamel-coated tables and staggeringly heavy stone desks all provide a taste of the innovative durability Dixon is aiming for.

UTILITY by Tom Dixon

See more of Tom Dixon's utilitarian design vision
In a time of flimsy financial confidence, UTILITY brings a reassuringly heavyweight - and naturally stunning - design antidote to the hallowed halls of Superstudio Piu. In the words of the man himself - ‘Our theme for 2009 of Utility talks of usefulness and longevity, which feels appropriate right now’.