Paul Cocksedge Studio / Friedman Benda Gallery unique table

Precariously minimalist at first glance, one has to wonder if the stress of waiting for this unique table to fall over will balance out the pristine simplicity of its one-curve, single-material design. For those left doubting the Poised Table, its creator Paul Cocksedge shows first-hand that this thousand-pound rolled-steel wonder can hold up his own weight, despite so little of its once-rectangular surface contacting the ground.

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A limited-edition set, this is one of ten total that will be made – ten thousand pounds worth of tables in all. “The inspiration for Poised comes from the elegance and amenability of paper. Half a ton in weight, the steel table appears improbable upon investigation. Created following an intensive series of calculations regarding gravity, mass, and equilibrium, the table looks as though it is about to fall, but is perfectly weighted and stable.”

'Capture' By Paul Cocksedge Studio - Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, 2013

And if you are now left wondering what kind of desk lamp could possibly hope to compete with such an amazing surface, wonder no more – this dome light (also limited to a ten-piece edition and on display at Friedman Benda) should do just fine.

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“Capture marks the conclusion of a long process of reduction, subtracting the usual infrastructure around light as far as physically possible. Instead, we are left with a hand spun metallic hemisphere that seems to capture the light, holding it in place. And then it vanishes, leaving only light itself.”

About Paul Cocksedge

“Paul Cocksedge Studio was founded in 2004 by Paul Cocksedge and Joana Pinho. With a strong and dedicated team of collaborators, the Studio has won national and international acclaim for its original and innovative design, underpinned by research into the limits of technology, materials and manufacturing processes.”

Paul Cocksedge Studio / Friedman Benda Gallery unique table

“The key feature of the Studio’s work, in everything from product design to architectural projects, is a focus on simplicity and imagination in order to create unique people-centered designs. At the core of this focus lies an unrelenting attention to detail, a willingness to question previous assumptions about design, and an eagerness to take on a wide-ranging array of projects.”