Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s, of Barber & Osgerby work is definitively English in the way that all of Europe is gathered in London – you can see German clarity, an Italian flourish, and Danish purity in their pieces. It’s no surprise then that these talented gents met while studying at the Royal Academy of Arts, a worldly melting pot of artistic genius.
Their forms tend to be sensual and understated, begging to be touched they are invitingly ergonomic. Warm materiality with neutral colour palettes that are punctuated with rich hues in blue and red, their objects make for very compatible relationships allowing for furnishing flexibility. Take the ‘Tobi-Ishi’ table for example; perfect as a minimalist showstopper or just at home heavy with objet in a maximalist’s abode.
Although their furniture and objects read like an A-list of accomplishments they also find the time to support their other interests through ‘Map’ – industrial design and ‘Universal Design Studio’ – interior design and architecture. Humble and humorous to the core they have been noted as saying that their ‘Tab’ lamp for Flos is one of their favourite pieces due to it’s affordability, and therefore availability to the everyday people.
Credits: Barber & Osgerby