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 and in 2015 they were awarded the London Design Medal. 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, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany and The Design Museum, Munich, Germany.

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In 2001 Barber and Osgerby founded Universal Design Studio to function in parallel with their primary studio. Focused on the fields of architecture, interiors and exhibition design, Universal Design Studio 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 Project Office.

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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

Press

Design Milk features Mutina, Time designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

Wallpaper* magazine features the Tortello armchair in its annual awards issue amongst other winners of “Best Surrealist Furniture”.

Nuvo magazine, Canada, winter issue features a seven page profile on Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

OnOffice magazine, December issue, features a five page profile on Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and their latest collaboration with Mutina 'The Magic of Colour'.

News & Events

22.05.24

Edward joins panel with Becky Sunshine at Luca to discuss the new Mikado chair for Vitra.

17.04.24

Jay joins Monocle discussion 'How do we design for timelessness' at Salone del Mobile 2024. Pinacoteca di Brera at 10:30am.

23.03.24

Edward in-conversation at Japan Creative exhibition stage, Roppongi Midtown, Tokyo

22.03.24

Edward hosts preview of Mikado at Vitra Co Ltd, Tokyo

21.03.24

The Mikado chair launches with Vitra. Click here to read more on the project and here to purchase Mikado.

20.03.24

Jay hosts preview of Mikado at Stoll Forum, Cologne & Frick, Frankfurt

19.03.24

Jay hosts preview of Mikado at Minimum, Berlin & Punct, Hamburg

19.03.24

28.02.24

Edward & Jay host preview of Mikado at the London Vitra Showroom

06.02.24

Jay hosts preview of Mikado at the Paris Vitra Showroom

01.01.24

Barber Osgerby have been named part of the AD100 Italia list for 2024

25.09.23

'The Magic of Colour' 10 years of experimentation with Barber Osgerby runs from 25-29 September 2023, Spazio Mutina.

16.09.23

Hotaru Mini, Buoy and Double Bubble have launched during LDF 2023 at Twentytwentyone.

21.06.23

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby are pleased to announce the opening of their exhibition 'Island to Island' at Studio Casoli on the island of Filicudi. The exhibition will run from 21 June to 23 July 2023 and celebrates the role of the handmade.

Awards

2024

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Surrealist Furniture - Winner: Tortello

2024

EDIDA – ELLE Deco International Design Awards, Seating - Winner: Tortello

2024

Design Guild Mark, Lighting - Winner: Hotaru Mini

2023

Createurs Design Awards, Best Design Collection - Winner: Signals

2023

Monocle Design Awards, Finest Table - Winner: Largo

2023

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Clean Living - Winner: AXOR One basin mixer in ice

2023

Wallpaper* Design Awards, Best Reissue - Winner: Special Edition Tobi-Ishi

2022

Design Guild Mark, Furniture - Winner: Smalto Table Low

2022

Design Guild Mark, Lighting - Winner: Hotaru

2022

Design Guild Mark, Jonathan Hindle Prize - Winner: Hotaru

2021

The 2021 Esquire Home Design Awards, Furniture - Winner: Smalto table

2021

iF Design Awards, Product - Bathroom - Gold Award Winner: Axor One Select Basin Mixers

2021

Monocle Design Awards, Most Sustainable Design - Winner: Tip Ton RE

2021

Design Guild Mark, Furniture - Winner: Smalto Table

2021

Living Etc Style Awards, Accessories, Tableware Collection - Design Icon - Winner: Olio

2021

iF Design Awards, Product - Bathroom - Winner: Axor One - Showers

2021

iF Design Awards, Product - Bathroom - Winner: Axor One - Basin Mixers

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

2019

ELLE Decoration British Design Awards, Outdoor - Winner: Brea

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

2017

German Design Awards, Excellent Product Design - Bath - Special Mention: AXOR One - Thermostats for concealed installation

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

2013

Institution of Engineering Designers, Chairman's Award - Winner: 2012 Olympic Torch

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