Today's design, tomorrow's reality: join Tony Chambers in conversation with Paul Cocksedge

Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers will be joined by British designer Paul Cocksedge for a talk at the V&A next week, covering the highlights of our landmark 20th birthday issue. Watch Thomas Heatherwick's Friction Cover come to life...

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 (opens in new tab).

Cover page of magazine

Within our biggest issue ever were 500+ pages, celebrating 20 years of history-making, era-defining design...

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Library with wall mounted bookshelves

...and some of our most loyal subscribers, too, including Giorgio Armani, who afforded us some shelf respect in his Milan office.

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Chambers joined Wallpaper as creative director in 2003

Chambers joined Wallpaper* as creative director in 2003 and has helmed the magazine since 2007, transforming it into a highly-regarded global brand. At the V&A talk, he will share his thoughts on how design can change the world

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Designer Paul Cocksedge in black suit

Joining our Editor-in-Chief for the discussion, Cocksedge has seen his career grow with Wallpaper*, garnering international acclaim with his simple, articulate works that often embrace cutting-edge technology

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A marble bookmark

He was behind two of our favourite Wallpaper* Handmade projects, including a marble bookmark in 2012.

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Pictured, Freeze desk part of the collection that launched at Friedman Benda gallery New York

Cocksedge's monumental metal furniture gained him a Wallpaper* Design Award last year. Pictured: 'Freeze' desk part of the collection that launched at Friedman Benda gallery New York

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An illuminated installation at Fendi's 90th anniversary event

The British designer created an illuminated installation at Fendi's 90th anniversary event earlier this year that drew inspiration from his Gust of Wind artwork, first displayed at the V&A in 2010

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INFORMATION
’Today’s Design – Tomorrow’s Reality’ takes place on Wednesday 19 October, 7pm–8.45pm. To purchase tickets, visit the V&A website (opens in new tab)

ADDRESS

Victoria and Albert Museum
The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Cromwell Rd
London SW7 2RL

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.