New design pieces by Barber Osgerby

Counting down their career landmarks (& there are too many for one post), we’re celebrating the launch of the latest design pieces by the London based, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby


The designer with the 2012 London Olympics torch.

After graduating with Master’s degrees in Architecture from The Royal College of Art in London internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their eponymous studio in 1996, in Trellick Tower in London. Their first piece, the Loop Table, was produced by Isokon in 1997.


The Mariposa Sofa for VITRA radiates an inviting aura of spacious comfort – and yet maintains a subtly understated presence, thanks to its balanced proportions.

Winning the 2004 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize led to a commission to design new pieces for the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill On Sea; this marked their foray into colour with the limited edition Iris table. 2009 marked Barber and Osgerby’s first major commission – a  series of unique, large-scale glass vases, for Murano glassmakers. The limited edition collection was shown in Milan, Porto Cervo and London.


Button Tables for B&B ITALIA are a family of side tables that can be used on their own or as a group. The constant design feature is the cylindrical shaped leg and lipped top reminiscent of a button available in various heights and finishes.

Exploring the marriage of technology with home interiors, the duo presented an experimental installation for Sony at the 2010 Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. In 2011 they launched the forward-tilting Tip Ton chair with Vitra – the result of their study into how dynamic movement in a chair can aid concentration. The same year, Barber and Osgerby were appointed to design the London 2012 Olympic Torch.


This new collection for Mutina, Mews, is inspired by the landscape, the history and the personality of the British capital, and by the huge variety of textures characterising its infrastructures, such as bricks, wooden floors and irregular geometrical patterns

In 2012, the pair launched MAP, a strategy-based industrial design studio that draws on the creative and commercial skills of BarberOsgerby to provide design intuition, creative direction and research to ambitious clients. Their Universal Design Studio (founded in 2001) is now a widely known  creative design consultancy working in architecture, interiors and exhibition design.

The Knoll sofa collection sits on distinctive cast aluminium feet that slide neatly between its upholstered elements.

The Knoll sofa collection sits on distinctive cast aluminium feet that slide neatly between its upholstered elements.


The Port Vase for VENINI – thick opaque glass is blown into a mould then cut to a precise angle at the base lifting the soft domed shape elegantly from the ground.

They Topped 2013 winning the Maison & Objet Designer of the Year Award.


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