Internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby founded their London-based studio in 1996. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site-specific installations as well as limited edition pieces and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. They are currently working with leading global manufacturers including Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Venini, and Flos. In 2007 they were awarded Royal Designers for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts and in 2013 the designers were each awarded an OBE for their services to the design industry. Barber & Osgerby’s work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including V&A and Design Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Art Institute of Chicago.
Edward and Jay’s entrepreneurial approach has led to the development of a highly collaborative tripartite studio. In 2001 Barber & Osgerby established architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio
, and in 2012 they founded Map
, specialising in research and strategy-led design. Operating as three distinct specialisms within the same interconnected studio space, a shared philosophy of excellence and originality and 360-degree approach to projects creates an innovative working union within the 70-strong Shoreditch-based team.
New work for Barber & Osgerby in 2016 includes the launch of a new collection of tiles for Mutina, projects for Vitra and Knoll and most recently it has been announced that the designers will represent the United Kingdom at the inaugural London Design Biennale in September.