Carpenters Workshop Gallery will present a new body of work by Paul Cocksedge as part of this year’s London Design Festival. The acclaimed London-based designer uses industrial sheets of glass to create a collection of limited edition and unique design through complex processes, giving the rigid, flat material an unexpected softness and fluidity.
For the nine tables, the glass is stretched under high temperatures and ‘slumped’ over industrial and natural materials including concrete, steel, wood, and rock. The glass reacts in different ways each time, creating one-of-a-kind pieces. The bases appear to be under a water surface, an effect that is emphasized in the Bubble table which is made of metal tubing and creates a soft drop-like surface. The Rock coffee table juts out from a rock that gives the same allusion as a river running over a bolder.
Paul Cocksedge also uses patinated mild steel to give an added level of depth and texture, exploring how a solid industrial material can be altered through time and nature. Each piece is the result of collaboration with dozens of skilled craftspeople in the UK, utilising specialised techniques and machines.
Paul Cocksedge comments: “This body of work is a reaction to my long-standing fascination with industrially produced materials. Across the course of my career, I’ve visited hundreds of factories, full of flat, rigid sheets of various materials – wood, metal, marble, stone or glass. I’ve always felt that this flatness has a visual tension, and I wanted to explore how to relax and soften that, giving the material space to breathe out. The pieces themselves are a simple visual gesture, but the process behind them was complex. The challenge was how to transform something that has been made flat and rework it while avoiding putting ‘stress’ back into the glass.”
Loic Le Gaillard, the co-founder of Carpenters Workshop Gallery, adds: “We’re back and have exciting plans for London this autumn. Paul has created this fascinating effect with industrial glass sheets that smoothly slump over patinated steel, wood or rock, seemingly protective and flexible – attributes that perhaps resonate more with us now than before given the last couple of months.”
Paul Cocksedge’s ‘SLUMP’ opens on September 10, 2020, at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Mayfair. The pieces will remain on view until December 18, 2020.