Paul Cocksedge + COS

Cocksedge designs ‘Orbits’, the light installation for COS King's Cross store opening

by Rossana Vinci
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International fashion brand COS has announced a site-specific work by British designer Paul Cocksedge for its Coal Drops Yard store in London, the new shopping centre at King's Cross completed by Heatherwick Studio formed of two converted 19th-century coal warehouses that reach out and touch one another.

Paul Cocksedge Studio will create a light-based work entitled Orbits, for the store, the first hybrid retail space to celebrate the brand's influences from the fields of art and design. 

Karin Gustafsson and Paul Cocksedge. Image courtesy COS by Mark Cocksedge 



The 577sqm (6210sq ft) store in the landmark Thomas Heatherwick building, will act as a multifunctional platform and host the work of established and emerging artists, while integrating independent publishing houses, wellbeing and lifestyle brands alongside handpicked edits from the COS collection.


Orbits juxtaposes the natural and the man made, a theme explored in the COS Autumn Winter 2018 collection. A series of 6 natural rocks collected by Cocksedge are suspended from malleable hoops of light, fabricated in stainless steel and LED. Each pendant exhibits a different relationship with gravity, with the light manipulated by the weight of the rock beneath.  


Image courtesy COS by Mark Cocksedge 



“The collaboration with Paul Cocksedge for this new space was a natural fit due to the synergy between the concept and our collection. At COS we feel Coal Drop’s Yard is the perfect location to offer an experience where art is at the forefront and the inspirations behind the collection are exhibited next to the garments,” Karin Gustafsson, COS Creative Director.


Karin Gustafsson and Paul Cocksedge. Image courtesy COS by Mark Cocksedge 



Image courtesy COS by Mark Cocksedge 



“There's a joy in experimenting with gravity, and letting light find its own form,” says Cocksedge. “Light is often held in place or contained in rigid structures, but here we have explored softness and flexibility. Orbits has a sense of calm and quiet, which we hope offers a contrast to the busy surroundings of King's Cross.” 


Image courtesy COS by Mark Cocksedge 



The installation marks the first collaboration between COS and Paul Cocksedge and is part of a series of artworks from established and emerging artists. 


Karin Gustafsson and Paul Cocksedge. Image courtesy COS by Mark Cocksedge 




Cover images: Paul Cocksedge with Orbits prototype at his studio. Image courtesy COS by Mark Cocksedge



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