Styrenissimo, Commissioned by the Design Museum
Paul Cocksedge


London, UK


Styrenissimo, 2004
Commissioned by the Design Museum
Lampshade: Width 62.9 inches, height 35.4 inches
Sculptures: Dimensions variable, height from 3.9 to 23.6 inches

This installation celebrates the beauty inherent in an everyday object which we usually take for granted by transforming plain white polystyrene vending machine cups into Styrenissimo, a spectacular lighting sculpture. By applying heat to polystyrene, the form changes and with it the properties of the material, resulting in surreal yet robust sculptural forms. The unpredictable nature of the production process ensures that each piece is unique, while the translucency of the material refracts and softens the light source.