Founded in 1996, Barber & Osgerby is one of the world’s leading design studios. Their research-led practice has collaborated with Axor, B&B Italia, BMW, Flos, Galerie kreo, Hermès, Knoll, Magis, Venini and Vitra while also producing limited-edition furniture and one-off works for both private and public commissions.
The studios many notable projects include a £2 coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground for the Royal Mint; the Olympic Torch designed for the 2012 London Olympics; and Forecast a wind-powered installation displayed at Somerset House in London, which was the UK’s entry to the first London Design Biennale.
Known for their deeply collaborative process, Barber and Osgerby are both Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and Honorary Doctors of Arts. In 2013, they were appointed Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the design industry.
Barber and Osgerby have lectured internationally and hosted workshops at Ecal, Switzerland, and the Vitra Design Museum. Their work is held in permanent collections around the world including the V&A Museum, London; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; London’s Design Museum; and the 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.
In September 2017 Barber and Osgerby published their latest monograph with Phaidon. ‘Barber Osgerby, Projects’ written by Jana Scholze. The book deviates from the expected chronological format and explores the designers output under the three chapters of ‘Folded Structures’, ‘Frameworks’ and ‘Volumes’ and features six essays which started as conversations with collaborators from outside the studio.
New work for Barber & Osgerby in 2018 includes the launch of BREA, an outdoor furniture collection for DEDON, a new collection of lighting for Flos, and new work for Glas Italia all presented at Salone del Mobile in April. In May 2018 the designers also presented their new exhibition, ‘One by One’, a collection of ceramics, graphite drawings and watercolours at Josée Bienvenu Gallery in New York.