Heavy metal: Paul Cocksedge boggles the mind with a new exhibition of statuesque pieces in New York

Paul Cocksedge’s latest body of work is now on view at Friedman Benda gallery in New York
(Image credit: Mark Cocksedge)

When it comes to design, fabrication is usually restricted to studios and the odd factory or two, but British designer Paul Cocksedge (opens in new tab) has tackled his newest work in the Swiss Alps and a ship foundry in Liverpool too.

These unlikely places of manufacturing reflect the London designer’s latest methodology, which can be enjoyed in full force at ‘Paul Cocksedge: Freeze (opens in new tab)’ – newly opened at Chelsea’s Friedman Benda (opens in new tab) gallery this week.

‘I was seeking a new way to create metal tabletops set on columnar bases without a single visible joint exposed, so I buried copper cylindrical table bases and legs in the snowy Swiss Alps and there while they froze, their circumference shrank a two thousandth of millimeter,’ explains Cocksedge.

Later when ‘unfrozen’, and slipped into the hole of an aluminum tabletop, the two pieces locked invisibly together without a touch of glue or welding.

For other editioned examples like the Freeze Multi Ring Table, its copper base and then tabletop rings of aluminum, steel, brass and copper were all frozen in liquid nitrogen and formed a beguiling tabletop pattern once again with nary a seam when inserted. ‘With their reflective surfaces, there’s a sense of seduction, a notion of a bling,’ explains Cocksedge of his highly inventive process.

With a host of A-list collectors, MoMA and London's Design Museum all jostling for Cocksedge’s compelling designs, this new body of work really pushes the limits. Cocksedge’s wizardry can also be enjoyed via the show’s stunning catalogue, in which Cocksedge’s brother Mark documents the entire process.

Entitled 'Paul Cocksedge: Freeze', the show is comprised of large, statuesque pieces that are held together without any glue or wielding

Entitled 'Paul Cocksedge: Freeze', the show is comprised of large, statuesque pieces that are held together without any glue or wielding

(Image credit: Mark Cocksedge)

The Freeze Multi Ring Table (pictured here) is comprised of a copper base and then tabletop rings of aluminum, steel, brass and copper

The Freeze Multi Ring Table (pictured here) is comprised of a copper base and then tabletop rings of aluminum, steel, brass and copper, which were all frozen in liquid nitrogen to form a beguiling tabletop pattern

(Image credit: Mark Cocksedge)

‘I was seeking a new way to create metal tabletops set on columnar bases without a single visible joint exposed

‘I was seeking a new way to create metal tabletops set on columnar bases without a single visible joint exposed, so I buried copper cylindrical table bases and legs in the snowy Swiss Alps and there while they froze. Their circumference shrank a two thousandth of millimeter,’ explains Cocksedge

(Image credit: Mark Cocksedge)

He continues, ‘With their reflective surfaces, there’s a sense of seduction, a notion of a bling.’ 

He continues, ‘With their reflective surfaces, there’s a sense of seduction, a notion of a bling.’ 

(Image credit: Mark Cocksedge)

INFORMATION

’Paul Cocksedge: Freeze’ (opens in new tab) is on view until 23 December

Photography: Mark Cocksedge. Courtesy of Friedman Benda gallery

ADDRESS

Friedman Benda (opens in new tab)
515 West 26th Street
New York

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