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Founder, Paul Cocksedge Studio
Paul Cocksedge studied under Ron Arad during his MA in Product Design at the Royal College of Art, and was introduced to Issey Miyake and Ingo Maurer, both of whom staged early exhibitions of his work. Maurer went so far as to give Paul a show within his own show at Milan Design Week 2003, introducing his lights 'Styrene', 'NeON', and an early work that was to be developed into 'Life 01' with FLOS.Paul has since gone on to become one of Britain's leading designers, founding Paul Cocksedge Studio with business partner Joana Pinho in 2004. The Studio's catalogue includes an imaginative range of design products, architectural projects, sculptures and lighting, all infused with the sense of simplicity, joy and wonder that has come to characterise Paul Cocksedge's work.His magical interactive installation 'KISS' in which the power of a kiss activates a spectacular lighting display, has travelled to cities worldwide from Milan to Shanghai, raising important sums for charities in the process. Paul is invited to participate in design festivals across the world, where his playful and technogically ingenious sculptures and installations ('Drop', 'Bourrasque', 'SestoSenso' to name but a few) have caught the public's imagination and received extensive media attention.Paul has also developed a unique range of products, available from paulcocksedgeshop.com, including the award-winning The Vamp«, a Bluetooth amplifier which makes any speaker wireless and is proving a popular way of giving a new lease of life to vintage speakers. Other products include the stylish and innovative Double O bicycle light.In 2013 Paul had his first solo show in New York, 'Capture', and was also commissioned to design a feature staircase, 'The Living Staircase', for Ampersand, the state-of-the-art creative office development in Soho, London, due for completion in early 2015.The Studio's direction is currently moving towards the design of more permanent structures that affect the way people interact with their surroundings on a longer-term basis, as well as creating the magical but fleeting installations for which Paul is known. In 2014, his design for the UK Pavilion in collaboration with Arup engineers was shortlisted for the Milan World Expo 2015. Paul is currently working with the Shanghai Glass Museum to design the first cast-glass building.Accolades include: Homes & Gardens Product and Innovation Designer (for The Vamp, 2014), The Design Museum's 'Designer of the Year' Award nomination (2004), Brit Insurance 'Designs of the Year' Award nomination (2008), Grand Designs Awards 'Best Lighting Design' Finalist (2009), Elle Decoration Best British Design Nomination (2010).)
Campaigner, Design for 99
Claire is interested in the social value of design, and runs the new campaign Designfor99.org. She brings her experience of working with internationally acclaimed designers, architects and cultural organizations, advising communications strategy, running high level media campaigns and lobbying for government policy to support the design, technology and manufacturing industries.Clients and projects include - Design Museum London, Ron Arad Architects, Venice Biennale commissions by John Pawson and Zaha Hadid for Swarovski, Formafantasma for Established & Sons, Serpentine Pavilion designed by Peter Zumthor, London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Bloomberg's contemporary art commission and the young creatives programme at the Roundhouse, Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Design Ventura sponsored by Deutsche Bank, and PR at Dyson including the James Dyson Awards. The brilliance of the inventors, artists, scientists and makers she met along the way inspired the creation of a campaigns agency that champions ingenious solutions to social, environmental and civic challenges.)
Wine Importer, Raeburn Fine Wines
David Harvey is a wine importer with Raeburn Fine Wines, and a writer. He works with elite nature-centric wine producers of West Europe, and gets involved with closures, packaging, marketing, buying and sales. He contributes to The World of Fine Wine, the award winning publication, and has recently written an entry for The Oxford Companion to Wine (2015 edition).
He judged at the IWC (International Wine Challenge), the world'd largest wine competition, from 2002-2004 as panel head and super-juror.
In 2004, while working for Frank Cornelissen on Mt. Etna, he created the name 'orange wine' for the renaissance of white grapes processed like red grapes in the cellar, which has since stuck and become the international standard.
His favourite objects include his black Parker 51s, prototypes of Paul Cocksedge's Bookmark and Ideas Tray, a Cannondale Killer V and Klein Attitude, a Herve Pennequin corkscrew by Le Thiers, a Santoku knife by Sakai Takayuki. Etc.
David studied writing at Harvard Summer School, wine at the WSET, and photography at Filton College.)
Founding Partner, PearsonLloyd
Luke Pearson is an industrial designer and founding partner (with Tom Lloyd) of the London design studio PearsonLloyd. The studio works in environments that have demanding spatial, ergonomic and social needs, such as healthcare, aviation, workplace and cities. Recent projects include work for Joseph Joseph, Department of Health, Lufthansa, City of Bath, Intercontinental Hotels, Bene, and Poltrona Frau. The studio believes in the power of design to transform the way in which people use and experience public spaces and services, and to deliver products that are both efficient and beautiful. Luke was awarded the distinction of Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts in 2008, and in 2012 Luke and Tom were named in the top 50 designers 'Shaping the Future' by Fast-Co Magazine in New York. Luke trained in Industrial Design at Central St Martins, (BA Hons 1991) before completing a Master's Degree MA (RCA) in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art in 1993. He worked with Ross Lovegrove in London before joining Tom to found PearsonLloyd in 1997.)
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