Sep 11, 2020 / Exhibition
Slump by Paul Cocksedge

Slump is a collection of eight tables created by London-based designer Paul Cocksedge for Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Carpenters Workshop Gallery will present a new body of work by Paul Cocksedge as part of this year’s London Design Festival. The acclaimed London-based designer uses industrial sheets of glass to create a collection of limited edition and unique design through complex processes, giving the rigid, flat material an unexpected softness and fluidity. For the eight tables, the glass is stretched under high temperatures and ‘slumped’ over industrial and natural materials including concrete, steel, wood and rock.

The glass reacts in different ways each time, creating one-of-a-kind pieces. The bases appear to be under a water surface, an effect that is emphasized in the Bubble table which is made of metal tubing and creates a soft drop-like surface. The Rock coffee table juts out from a rock that gives the same allusion as a river running over a bolder. Cocksedge also uses patinated mild steel to give an added level of depth and texture, exploring how a solid industrial material can be altered through time and nature. Each piece is the result of collaboration with dozens of skilled craftspeople in the UK, utilizing specialized techniques and machines.