The grace and suppleness of paper in a sheet of steel

Poised by Paul Cocksedge

by Serena L. Rosato
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DESIGN_London-based Paul Cocksedge Studio™ is the internationally acclaimed design practice of directors Paul Cocksedge and Joana Pinho,  well-known for their thoroughly original and innovative design, underpinned by research into the limits of technology, materials and manufacturing processes.

At the heart of the practice is the symbiosis between Paul’s dynamic creativity and Joana’s strategic leadership. Surrounded by a dedicated team of specialists, they are capable of delivering highly innovative and varied design across a wide range of business contexts, moving effortlessly between tightly budgeted commercial projects and naturally evolving experimental work.

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From 12 September to 12 October 2013 the Friedman Benda galley in New York  presents Paul Cocksedge: Capture, the British designer's solo exhibition that  introduces new works developed by Cocksedge in wich he pushs the mediums of light and structure: a large-scale light installation, a collection of dramatic, seemingly impossible, hand-wrought dome lamps and Poised, a series of unyielding steel tables inspired by the delicacy of paper.

'Poised' is inspired by the grace and suppleness of paper. It began with the idea of rolling a sheet of steel to a point just short of where it could not actually exist as a table; it would simply topple. But the simple idea led to an intensive process of calculations regarding central gravity, mass and equilibrium. "Poised" achieves an improbably degree of balance and precision: one millimeter's horisontal deviance in any direction and the balance would be lost.

Half a ton in weight, the steel table appears improbable upon investigation. Created following an intensive series of calculations regarding gravity, mass, and equilibrium, the table looks as though it is about to fall, but is perfectly weighted and stable.


Half a ton in weight, the table looks as though it is about to fall, but is perfectly weighted and stable.

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    • Serena L. Rosato

      Architect

      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and delicate irony . Vigilant to detail and distracted by the novelty , constantly in search of the beauty of things. Declared dependence on travel, museums and shoes .)

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    Poised Table 19

    Poised Table

    United Kingdom / 2013