Londoners are gearing up for the opening of the Heatherwick Studio-designed Coal Drops Yard development that will offer over 50 new stores, restaurants and cafés in Kings Cross. As the official late October opening fast approaches, brands are looking to see how they can celebrate and make noise, and fashion house COS is doing so with an inaugural installation by London-based designer Paul Cocksedge.

For the new 577 sq m space, COS will curate a slew of rotating installations by emerging and established names as an ode to its art-and-design-led collections. To kick things off, Cocksedge will form a light installation titled Orbits using six rocks that he has collected. These organic pieces will hang from stainless steel hoops of LED light to show an engagement between natural and the man made, another nod to COS’ A/W 2018 collections.

‘The collaboration with Paul Cocksedge for this new space was a natural fit due to the synergy between the concept and our collection,’ says Karin Gustafsson, COS creative director. ‘At COS we feel Coal Drops 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.’

Sketch of Paul Cocksedge’s design for COS

Sketch of Orbits by Paul Cocksedge for COS

This isn’t the first time Cocksedge has experimented with materials close to him. He turned heads during Salone del Mobile last year with his ‘Excavation: Evicted’ body of work that saw him dig up the floor of his studio to create modular elements of furniture. Orbits is an experiment with contrasts in material. ‘We wanted to explore light as a flexible material, allowing gravity to take over and create its final shape,’ he explains. ‘Orbits is about the juxtaposition between technology and nature – the precision of LED light and the rawness of rock. Although this piece is still, there’s a feeling of innate movement created by the push and pull of these two opposing forces.’

Orbits will go on view in November when COS will open the doors to its new Kings Cross location, shortly after the main Coal Drops Yard opening, so expect big impact. §