Reflecting one’s deliberations

Reflecting one’s deliberations

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Edward barber and Jay Osgerby create a simple yet unique designs whose intricate details reflect their ideology, design parti and inspiration throught out their work spectrum

Double Space for BMW
Double Space for BMW – ‘Precision and Poetry in Motion’ – was designed for an exhibition for the 2014 London Design Festival. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby were fascinated by aeronautical, automotive and maritime engineering, and the interplay between movement, performance and scale. Double Space at the Victoria and Albert Museum encapsulated these passions with the largest structure that they had ever created. Double Space was designed to challenge and delight the visitor, creating a completely new way to experience the classic architecture and beautiful cartoons in the Raphael Gallery. Two enormous reflective silver elements were suspended in the ceiling space, and rotate in a series of choreographed movements. The project had been made possible with an enormous skill of a team of experts, and was commissioned by BMW and London design Festival.

Bodleian Library chairs
A chair designed by the designers with manufacturer Isokon Plus was judged as the winner of the highly coveted Bodleian Libraries Chair Competition. The three-legged oak chair is a contemporary response to the brief which combines a strong sense of craft heritage, sculptural form and complex reader requirements. The winning chair exemplifies the designers’s deeply researched and intellectual approach to design. Early inspiration came from their strong local knowledge of the Bodleian Library and cultural setting combined with the practice’s expertise drawn from research for previous chair designs – notably the Tip Ton chair for Vitra.

Tobi-Ishi Table
The rectangular Tobi Ishi was launched as a dining table in January with a new range of 16 satin-finished colours. It is now available in a low version. A choice created to highlight the natural handcrafted appearance of a multipurpose table without sharp corners that, with its rounded shapes, is extremely practical when placed in front of a sofa. They are available in 4 different finishes: light, grey, black and smoked.

Tab Lamp
To Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Flos had always been an exemplar of what industrial design could be. It appeared to be a place where the best designers from around the world could be experimental, expressive, formal, witty and ultimately be themselves. This was all supported by a framework of technical expertise and marketing genius led by Piero Gandini. Their first drawing of the lamp included the shape of the shade, then they added the stem, base and then finally the tab; this simple sketch took more or less a few minutes. Four years of development followed.

Starting with a simple, folded aluminium shade, a ceramic reflector was introduced underneath which helped to give a warmer quality of light and also prevented glare from the end of the shade. This added mix of materials also helped to give it more character.
The simple, aluminium lamp allows a small amount of adjustment to the direction of the light: it can be a table lamp used for sketching or writing but can also be angled towards a wall to provide reflected, ambient light.

Flos launched Tab in a beautiful installation, in their Tokyo showroom, dramatically surrounded by a flock of origami birds.

Hotaru Lantern
As part of the Islington Design District, twentytwentyone presents a collection of lanterns designed by Barber & Osgerby for the Japanese manufacturer Ozeki. Constructed with traditional methods of using bamboo ‘wire’ and handmade mulberry bark paper, the lanterns are distributed exclusively by London based design store twentytwentyone.

About the Designers
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their eponymous studio in 1996 after graduating with Master’s degrees in Architecture from The Royal College of Art in London. Barber and Osgerby’s research-led practice challenges the boundaries between Architecture and design and has developed collections and built projects for Vitra, B&B Italia, Venini, Sony, Cappellini, Magis, and Flos, whilst also producing edition furniture and one-off works for both private and public commissions.

Both, Honorary Doctors of Arts, Barber and Osgerby have lectured internationally and hosted workshops at Ecal, Switzerland, and the Vitra Design Museum. They are both Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and in 2013 were made Officers of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queens Birthday Honours for services to Design.

Their work is held in permanent collections around the world including the V&A Museum, London; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; London’s Design Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Olympic Museum in Switzerland.