British industrial designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby set up their studio in 1996 in London. Within just a few years they had picked up some major design awards, and their customer base already included some internationally renowned brands. Barber & Osgerby achieved global recognition when they designed the 2012 Olympic Torch. Their portfolio ranges from product design and concepts for hotels and exhibitions right through to public commissions, such as the design of a £2 coin for the Royal Mint.
Barber & Osgerby have designed furniture, lighting and accessories for leading international designer brands such as Knoll, Cappellini, B&B Italia, Flos and German designer labels Vitra and Classicon. Their customers also include Sony, glass specialists Swarovski and Venini as well as tableware manufacturer Royal Doulton. They first made their mark on the bathroom in collaboration with Axor, the Hansgrohe SE designer brand, which led to the cross-collection Axor One ShowerProgramme in 2015. Barber & Osgerby have expanded into further creative realms with shop design, hotel architecture and exhibition planning.
Awards and international collections
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have been awarded Designer of the Year many times (Elle Decoration, Wallpaper, Maison & Objekt, ICFF). Their designs can be found in prestigious collections such as those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the prominent Art Institute of Chicago. In 2007 and 2013, they were awarded the title of Royal Designers for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts. In 2013, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby were appointed Officers of the Order of the British Empire for services to the design industry.