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Barber & Osgerby

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.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby photographed by Alisa Connan

Barber & Osgerby – multi-dimensional innovation

Images

The two British designers fascinate the public with their fresh approach to form and function.

  • Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber.
  • Design studies on Axor One.
  • Tip Ton chair (Vitra).
  • Olympic Torch 2012.
  • Double Space exhibition at the museum.
  • Tobi-Ishi Table.
  • Shelving.
  • Loop Table.
  • Vase made of hand-blown glass.

Product design and architecture in London’s creative milieu

Edward Barber was born in 1969 in Shrewsbury and went on to study interior design, while Jay Osgerby was born in 1969 in Oxford and studied product design. The duo got to know each other while studying for a Master’s degree in architecture at the London Royal College of Art, and opened their first studio together in 1996. They also founded the Universal Design Studio for interior design in 2001, as well as MAP, a consultancy with a strategy-based approach to developing design. The Barber & Osgerby Studio is located in Shoreditch, London's creative hot spot.

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