Photonic Products Ltd, the laser diode specialist company, is sponsoring lighting designer Paul Cocksedge as the keynote speaker at IIDEX/NeoCon, Canada's largest conference and exposition for the design, construction, and management of the built environment. The conference takes place in Toronto, Canada, September 22-23, 2005.
Cocksedge is a rising star in UK lighting design. At the conference, he will present his lighting designs plus an overview of the latest products, designers, innovations in technology and emerging lighting trends coming out of the UK today. This keynote lecture in the "Exposure to Light" program takes place on Thursday, September 22.
Cocksedge designed "Crystallize," a chandelier made from light, for the Swarovski Crystal Palace Collection. Using lasers and crystals in perfect alignment, the iconic shape of a Swarovski crystal is drawn in mid air. At the heart of the chandelier is a single crystal that sparkles as it catches the light.
The development of this chandelier was made using Photonic Products' green laser modules. The 532nm DPSS green laser module is a compact, self-contained module designed for use where a highly visible beam is required, primarily in alignment and also machine vision, industrial inspection, and scientific equipment. It produces a very visible circular output beam of <2.0mm diameter and output powers of 0.9mW and 4mW with a maximum operating current of 250mA. Power stability is better than 5% over 7 hours. Modulation capability of 0-1kHz is standard. In addition, the module uses a front facet monitor photodiode to maintain a stable output power, as opposed to using the internal monitor of the laser diode, which is often less responsive.
Cocksedge studied industrial design at Sheffield Hallam University and product design under Ron Arad at the Royal College of Art in London.
Since graduating from the RCA, he has emerged as one of the UK's most prolific young designers. He has exhibited his work at the Design Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and was one of the four designers nominated for the Design Museum's Designer of the Year prize in 2004.
"He is only in his early 20s but is already a master of the medium, combining a healthy sense of irony with technological maturity...his work is an incredible lyrical interpretation of the potential of light. These are experimental works that make you think," says Jane Pavitt, curator "Brilliant," Victoria & Albert Museum.