This year, Wallpaper* celebrates two decades at the apex of design journalism. To mark this era-defining occasion, we’ve been invited into the auspicious enclaves of the V&A in London, to host a talk on the evening of Wednesday 19 October. Taking place in the magnificent Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, the event will see Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers in conversation with Paul Cocksedge.

Cocksedge – a creator of bold lighting and spectacular staircases – is a young British designer whose career has grown with Wallpaper*, garnering international acclaim with his simple, articulate works that often embrace cutting-edge technology.

Notably, he was behind two of our favourite Handmade projects – a marble bookmark in 2012 and a sculptural shoe heel in 2013 – and ranked among the top designers in both editions of our Power List (not least as one of our hotshot 20 under 40 designers). His beautifully reflective ‘Freeze’ desk, constructed from frozen copper and aluminium without gluing or welding, also won him a Wallpaper* Design Award this year.

We invite you to join Chambers and Cocksedge for their discussion, which will cover the highlights of our landmark 20th birthday issue as well as Wallpaper’s essential role in discovering and championing design talent. Looking to the future, they will also share their thoughts on how design can change the world.
The event will be followed by a drinks reception in the V&A’s Silver Galleries. Tickets are available now through the museum.