Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their East London studio in 1996, after studying architecture together at the Royal College of Art. For more than two decades their work has challenged the boundaries of design in this country and abroad, while their commitment to lecturing, workshops and studio practice supports the development of new generations of designers.

Barber and Osgerby’s approach is characterised by its emphasis on experimentation and innovation and an exploratory attitude to materiality and colour. From these areas of focus emerge solutions that reflect the close relationship of their work with industrial processes and new technologies, but also its affinities with fine art, illustrated most clearly in large-scale installations such as Double Space (2014) - a series of revolving mirrors suspended from the ceiling of the Raphael Gallery in the V&A - and Forecast (2016) - a wind-powered work installed at Somerset House, as part of the first London Design Biennale.

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The strength of Barber and Osgerby’s creative partnership has led to collaborations with some of the world’s most progressive companies and a diversity of output that encompasses architecture, interiors, sculpture, product and exhibition design, from the iconic Loop Table (1996) for Isokon and Soft Work (2018) for Vitra, to the 2012 Olympic Torch and a £2 coin commissioned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of London Underground. In 2017 Phaidon published a new monograph - Barber Osgerby, Projects - covering the designers first twenty years of practice.

Amongst many professional accolades, Barber and Osgerby received the Jerwood prize in 2004 and in 2007 were awarded the status of Royal Designers for Industry. In 2013 they were appointed to the Order of the British Empire, for services to the design industry. Examples of their work are held in the permanent collections of the V&A and the Design Museum in London, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Olympic Museum in Switzerland and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.

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In 2001 Barber and Osgerby founded Universal to function in parallel with their primary studio. Focused on the fields of architecture, interiors and exhibition design, Universal is now recognised as one of the world’s most innovative creative design consultancies. In 2012 the family of Barber Osgerby studios was extended again, with the launch of the strategy-based industrial design consultancy, Map.

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  • 1. Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber in their London studio / © Jessica Klingelfuss
  • 2. South-facing elevation of De La Warr Pavilion featuring the De La Warr Pavilion chair designed by Barber Osgerby, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 2007 / © David Brook
  • 3. Detail of the Barber Osgerby studio / © Barber Osgerby studio

News

On & On, designed for Emeco, has won in the Furniture & Lighting Category of the Core77 Awards 2020 and the Furniture category of the Design Week Awards 2020.

The new Bellhop floor lamp for Flos, features in the April edition of Living - Corriere della Sera, Italy. Cast concrete base with aluminium stem and white glass top.

Edward and Jay were interviewed by Raum und Wohnen, Switzerland for their April 2020 issue, published on Apr 7, 2020 .

Edward and Jay were interviewed, along with Conran and Bethan Grey, for OnOffice, Essence of British cover story, in March 2019.

Events

06.02.20

The Iris 1200 is on display at Nomad Circle, St Moritz, Switzerland from Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th February 2020. The table is made from anodised aluminium segments with a glass top. Produced in a limited edition by Established & Sons.

30.01.20

Edward and Jay caught up with journalist Grant Gibson to discuss the studios work over the past two decades for his Material Matters series. Many topics were covered! Have a listen to the podcast, From Plywood to (recycled) Plastic.

22.01.20

Jay will be taking part in the Vitra panel discussion 'The Desk is Dead' at the Vitra Showroom Hamburg, 22nd January 2020 and he will introduce Soft Work in Frankfurt the following day.

18.11.19

Monday 18th November we are launching our On & On chair and stools for Emeco. We will make a short presentation around 6.00pm at Coexistence, 288 Upper Street, London N1 2TZ. Please come along, all welcome.

12.11.19

Edward will be talking in the Secession Building in Vienna Tuesday 12th November, hosted by Vitra.

17.10.19

Artek is hosting a talk in Tokyo with Edward in their new beautifully designed store on 18th October 2019.

Awards

2020

Design Week Awards, Furniture - Winner: On & On seating family

2020

Core77 Design Awards, Furniture & Lighting - Winner: On & On seating family

2020

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Dinner Guests - Winner: Smalto table

2019

LIT Awards, Portable Lamps - Winner: Bellhop lamp

2019

Archiproducts Awards, Finishes - Winner: Primavera tile

2019

Design Week Awards, Furniture Design - Winner: Soft Work system

2019

Core77 Design Awards, Furniture & Lighting - Winner: Bellhop lamp

2019

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Reflective Space - Winner: Lane

2017

German Design Awards, Excellent Product Design, Office Furniture - Winner: Pacific chair

2017

Iconic Awards - Winner: Tibbo furniture family

2017

Core77 Design Awards, Furniture & Lighting - Winner: Pacific chair

2016

Red Dot Awards, Product Design - Winner: Axor One

2016

iF Design Award, Interior Architecture - Winner: Double Space installation

2016

iF Design Award, Product - Winner: Axor One

2016

ELLE Decoration International Design Awards, Bathroom - Winner: Axor One

2016

Homes & Gardens Design Awards, Furniture - Winner: Collector Cabinet

2016

Homes & Gardens Design Awards, Bathroom Design - Winner: Axor One

2015

Design Week Awards, Best Furniture Design - Winner: Mariposa sofa

2015

Design Week Awards, Hall of Fame - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2015

Panerai Official London Design Medal - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2014

ADI Compasso d'Oro Award - Winner: Tobi-Ishi table

2014

ELLE Decoration International Design Awards, Designers of the Year - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2014

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Folk - Winner: Bell lamp

2014

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Room Mates - Winner: Mews tile

2013

Maison et Objet, Designers of the Year - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2013

German Design Awards - Winner: Tip Ton chair

2013

D&AD Awards, Yellow Pencil - Winner: 2012 Olympic Torch

2013

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Dining Table - Winner: Tobi-Ishi table

2013

Design Guild Mark - Winner: Tip Ton chair

2013

Order of the British Empire (OBE): Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

2013

Design Guild Mark - Winner: Knoll Sofa collection

2012

Design Museum, Designs of the Year - Winner: 2012 Olympic Torch

2012

Design Museum, Product Design of the Year - Winner: 2012 Olympic Torch

2012

The World Technology Awards, Design - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2012

D&AD Awards, Yellow Pencil - Winner: Tip Ton chair

2012

Icon Magazine Awards, Design Studio of the Year - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2012

ELLE Decoration British Design Awards - Winner: 2012 Olympic Torch

2012

Conde Nast Traveller Innovation & Design Awards - Winner: 2012 Olympic Torch

2012

Design Week Awards, Furniture - Winner: Tip Ton chair

2011

The Chicago Athenaeum, Good Design Award - Winner: Tip Ton chair

2011

FX Design Awards, Product of the Year - Winner: Tip Ton chair

2009

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Floor Lamp - Winner: Tab lamp

2008

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Domestic Product - Winner: Bottle table

2007

Royal Designers for Industry: Barber Osgerby

2007

ELLE Decoration Magazine, Designer of the Year - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2006

Design Basel/ Miami, Designers of the Future - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2006

Red Dot Awards, Best Product - Winner: Zero-In table

2006

Homes & Gardens Design Awards - Winner: Zero-In table

2005

Blueprint Magazine Awards, Furniture Designer of the Year - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2004

The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for Design - Winner: Barber Osgerby

2004

Design Week Awards, Best Furniture Design - Winner: Portsmouth Cathedral choir stalls

2003

FX Design Awards, Product of the Year - Winner: Stella McCartney tile

2003

ID Magazine Design Awards - Winner: Stella McCartney tile

2001

Victoria and Albert Museum Design Awards - Winner: Home table

1998

ICFF Editors Award, Best New Designer - Winner: Barber Osgerby