Maison & Objet

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby were named Designers of the Year at Maison & Objet 2013. Their exhibition at the event in Paris assembled seven of Barber & Osgerby’s recent projects, offering an insight into their design ethos and the diversity of scales of production that they work across – from mass manufactured (Tip Ton and Tab lamp) to one-off commissions and exclusive pieces for galleries. At the centre of the installation was the Western Façade bench, which Barber & Osgerby showed at the Victoria & Albert Museum during last year’s London Design Festival. The bench features a pattern of apertures that reference the shrapnel damage to the museum’s western facade. It was created for Established & Sons and the London Design Festival, to commemorate the festival’s tenth anniversary. The Bell Lamp for Louis Vuitton sat atop the bench. The solar powered, hand blown Murano glass lamp was released last December as part of Louis Vuitton’s Objet Nomades collection.

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To the right, 26 black Tip Ton chairs were assembled and tilted forward in a graphic arrangement, alongside the large-scale Planform Array V chandelier from the Ascent show at the Haunch of Venison gallery, London. The exhibition featured four out of six pieces from the Ascent collection, inspired by the structures and engineered forms of moving craft, in aviation for example; forms that have, what Barber and Osgerby refer to as ‘hidden design’. 

To the left of the Western Façade bench; a number of white Tab lamps were spread across the floor and up the wall, while two Tobi Ishi tables stood by – one in Carrara marble, the other, a unique red lacquer version created especially for the Maison & Objet exhibition. A London 2012 Olympic Torch also featured, set in solitude on the exhibition’s outer wall.