The Design Museum
The Design Museum's mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform. It is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and architecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.
Leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both Taste Good and Do You Good. When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner).
Designer, manufacturer, hard-headed business man, visionary thinker, engager and charismatic speaker, O.B.E., sardonic, amusingly off message - the enfant terrible of the design industry, Tom Dixon is a self-educated maverick whose only qualification is a one-day course in plastic bumper repair. These welding skills were soon put to work as Dixon explored the decorative and structural potential of recycled materials and industrial scrap. As Dixon's international reputation grew, he was approached by Italian furniture design company, Cappellini who worked to put some of his designs into major production. The "S" chair made Tom Dixon's name and now has a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Tom was Creative Director of Habitat, and largely credited for turning round their reputation. He designed Habitat's flagship store on Regent Street and still consults for them as non-exec Creative Director. Dixon has now taken ownership of the Finnish furniture brand Artek founded by Alvar Alto. Artek has played a very important role in design history and Finnish national life.
Monty Don is one of Britain's leading garden writers and broadcasters. He has presented numerous gardening programmes on television including a five year stint as lead presenter of BBC's Gardener's World and Around the World in 80 Gardens. He has published 12 books including The Complete Gardener, The Jewel Garden (with his wife Sarah) and Growing Out of Trouble which describes his attempts to establish a small holding growing organic vegetables with local drug addicts. He was gardening correspondent for the Observer for 12 years and now writes for the Daily Mail. He is an organic farmer as well as gardener and is President of The Soil Association.
Sarah Don is a designer and worked with her husband, Monty, to set up their successful jewellery company 'Monty Don'. Since moving to Herefordshire, she has combined bringing up three children with training as an architect. She has created more than four gardens with Monty and is currently involved in setting up and running an organic farm.