In conversation with Paul Cocksedge: Designing for public space

From 6.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 17th September, Broadgate is hosting an exclusive panel discussion looking at the inspiration behind this year’s London Design Festival, held at The Space | 3FA in Finsbury Avenue Square.

During this unmissable evening, we’ll be joined by designer Paul Cocksedge (the vision behind our Please Be Seated installation) and his special guests. These include Arup structural engineer Alice Blair, and Deborah Saunt, architect at DSDHA.

With a depth of experience and wide-ranging backgrounds between them, the panel is set to be both insightful and colourful. We will be discussing what it means to design for public realms and how to actually serve the community whilst meeting a design’s quality, beauty and intellectual context.

The conversation will be hosted by renowned design writer Emma O’Kelly who has over two decades experience covering design for publications including The Financial Times, The Telegraph and Wallpaper*. 

The event will be part of the special Shoreditch Design Triangle Night, with the evening continuing with drinks, nibbles and live music until 9pm, for you to soak up some serious design vibes.

Book your free seats to the panel discussion here. 


All photos by Mark Cocksedge Press

Where to find Please Be Seated

Hard to miss, this impressive structure will be in Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2A 2EH, for the duration of London Design Festival (16-22 September) and beyond. Sat between Liverpool Street Station and Moorgate, Broadgate offers some of London’s best street food, bars and restaurants, plus a public art trail, so while you’re here, make sure you explore. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on InstagramTwitter and Facebook #BroadgateDesign #LDF19 #PleaseBeSeated

About Paul Cocksedge

Paul Cocksedge is an internationally acclaimed British designer, who has spent the last decade building a reputation for innovative design, underpinned by research into the limits of technology and materials. His catalogue of work spans design products, architectural projects, installations and sculptures, all infused with the sense of simplicity, joy and wonder that has come to characterise his work.

Having studied under Ron Arad at the Royal College of Art, Cocksedge was nominated for Designer of the Year by London's Design Museum in 2004, just two years after graduation. He established Paul Cocksedge Studio with Joana Pinho in the same year, and the practice has participated in design festivals around the world, adding a sense of playfulness to technologically ingenious sculptures and installations.

He presented his first solo show at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York in 2013, and in 2017 partnered with the gallery and Beatrice Trussardi to show an exhibition of pieces during Milan Design Week, made from materials excavated from the foundations of his own studio. Cocksedge is also working with Arup and Grimshaw on a 33-metre-long canopy for the Oman Botanic Garden, which will be one of the largest gardens of its kind in the world.

Cocksedge has collaborated with major brands including Swarovski and BMW, as well as private clients, and his work is included in collections at the V&A, MoMA and Vitra Design Museum. His work has received accolades from Wallpaper*, the Design Museum, Homes & Gardens and the German Design Council. 

About Alice Blair

Alice Blair is a structural engineer in Arup’s multidisciplinary Building Engineering practice in London. Alice has over 17 years’ worth of experience of the structural and holistic design and delivery of new building projects, refurbishments and existing structure assessments.
Alongside this, Alice has provided structural design advice to the London Design Festival since 2009, most notably for the Timber Wave with AL_A and AHEC at the V&A, and the BE OPEN Sound Portal in Trafalgar Square. She joined Arup in 1998 and is most interested in projects where assembly methods and sequence are critical to the design, a theme which unites Alice’s diverse projects of note: the rock-balancing sculpture Rock On Top Of Another rock in Kensington Galleries, the new Exhibition Road subterranean gallery and courtyard at the V&A, and the recently completed five storey megabasement underneath Claridge’s Hotel.

About Deborah Saunt

Deborah Saunt is a Director of the architecture, urban design and research studio DSDHA, whose recent spatial strategies include urban masterplans for the reimagining of Tottenham Court Road, public realm proposals for The Royal Albert Hall, and a new building on Piccadilly for The Crown Estate, which won planning consent earlier this year. Deborah gained her PhD at RMIT and a Research Fellowship in the Built Environment from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. She most recently guest-edited the May/June issue of AD Magazine and has taught widely in the UK, Switzerland, the USA, Iceland and Spain.

About Emma O'Kelly

Emma O’Kelly is Editor-at-Large at Wallpaper*. She also writes on design for luxury titles including FT How To Spend It, Telegraph Luxury and Conde Nast Traveller. Emma is intrigued by the developing architecture of cities and how they use their public spaces. Emma’s passion is taking her to Bangladesh on an “architour” of Dhaka after LDF.

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