EXCAVATION: EVICTED Core Shelf, 2017
In EXCAVATION: Evicted, Paul Cocksedge transformed several tonnes of material mined from the foundations of his London studio into a furniture series. Cocksedge started drilling into the floor of the Hackney building after finding out he was going to be evicted, and the site transformed into luxury flats – an increasingly common story in London and other major cities around the world.
Once he'd assembled a team of people to help, Cocksedge extracted hundreds of cylinders of concrete, discovering the Victorian bricks from the building's former life as as stable along the way. After sanding, polishing and cutting the cores, Cocksedge incorporated their circular forms into a series of six pieces that contrasted the coarseness of the concrete with the lightness of glass. For the final piece in the collection, Cocksedge suspended leftover discs in glass and resin to form a table that exposes the unexpected internal patterns of the material. The entire series was shown during Milan design week at the Fondazione Luigi Rovati – which is set to become the city's first Etruscan museum and culture centre.
“By creating pieces from the very fabric of my own studio, I hope to remind of the transient nature of both creative workers, and the places they inhabit,” says Cocksedge.
Commissioned by Friedman Benda Gallery
Photography: Mark Cocksedge