- Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby -

Barber & Osgerby

England — b. 1969/1969

Biography

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...

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.

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, the Hakone collection for Galerie kreo (2016), Bell Lamp for Louis Vuitton (2012) 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.

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.

Photo credits: © barberosgerby

Solo Shows

Barber & Osgerby - 'Signals' by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Solo Show

April 22 - July 14, 2022

Barber & Osgerby - 'Signals' by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Solo Show

January 20 - March 26, 2022

Group Shows

Barber & Osgerby - step by step
Group Show

September 16 - November 05, 2022

Barber & Osgerby - Design Miami/ Basel 2022
Fair

June 13 - June 19, 2022

Barber & Osgerby - Between Realm in Munich
Off-site event

May 26 - June 30, 2022

Barber & Osgerby - 'inside'
Group Show

December 08, 2021 - April 09, 2022

Barber & Osgerby - 20 years
Group Show

September 25 - December 24, 2019

Barber & Osgerby - à table !
Group Show

April 07 - July 30, 2017

Barber & Osgerby - London Design Festival
Group Show

September 17 - September 24, 2016

Publications

kreo in motion

‘kreo in motion’ is a series of short films re-imagining pieces of the gallery through the eye of talented motion designers and animators! Every month a series of 3 animations will be posted at regular intervals. Each series will be dedicated to the creative practice of a different motion designer - blank canvas to …

Signal C1 polychromatic by Roy Veldkamp

Roy Veldkamp’s last animation looks at Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s 'Signals’ collection, and specifically the ‘Signal C1’ Polychromatic ceiling light. Roy envisions Edward and Jay's lamp as a host of attraction between geometric shapes, together creating a harmonic synergy of sounds.