Ascent

Designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby presented an ambitious new project for their debut exhibition at Haunch of Venison, London. Entitled Ascent, the exhibition presented 8 new pieces by Barber & Osgerby, inspired by the structures and engineered forms of moving craft; forms that have ‘hidden design’. Interest in these fields originated in their respective childhoods. Jay grew up close to a Royal Airforce base in Oxfordshire and spent many hours watching the airplanes flying there. Edward developed a fascination with boat design while sailing as a child. Ascent referenced these moving craft, for example in the fin-like shape of Foil V, a wall mounted brass structure, or the satellite shape of Planform Array V, an angular, hanging chandelier comprising of 8 segments that were fixed around a central axis. Corona 800 and Corona 1100 were two large round discs that emit light. One made from mirror-polished brass, the other brilliantly-coloured, they appear to hover just off the wall. These were shown with a vertical wall-mounted, mirror-polished brass panel.

  • Year / 2011

Ascent referenced these moving craft, for example in the fin-like shape of Foil V, a wall mounted brass structure, or the satellite shape of Planform Array V, an angular, hanging chandelier comprising of 8 segments that were fixed around a central axis.

Corona 800 and Corona 1100 were two large round discs that emit light. One made from mirror-polished brass, the other brilliantly-coloured, they appear to hover just off the wall. These were shown with a vertical wall-mounted, mirror-polished brass panel.

The restrained, refined approach Barber & Osgerby have to design was made visual in Ascent, with form and structure becoming the main focus of the work. The pieces keenly illustrated the architectural quality of Barber and Osgerby’s practice, by virtue of their size and enclosure-like forms.

Barber & Osgerby’s love of craftsmanship and remarkable attention to detail came into play with Planform  Array V and Planform Array H, two chandeliers with 8 and 14 segments respectively. The frame-like segments are covered with a handmade Japanese paper that had been hand-stitched onto each segment.

Barber & Osgerby’s collaboration with Haunch of Venison took their work into new areas of experimentation. These limited edition works allowed them to collaborate with craft skills, new materials and processes that would be too prohibitive to use when designing for mass production.