Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby gained their Master’s Degrees in architecture together at the Royal College of Arts in London. After graduating in 1996, they opened their own office. Their first work, the Loop Table for Isokon Plus is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Their early works (The Loop Table, Flight Stool and Pilot Table) consisted in shaping sheet material. This kind of technique was used due to their using white carton in model making classes.
Barber & Osgerby – Renowned Interior Designers
The duo found the Universal Design Studio, which is focused on architectural and interior design. They were working on the interiors of Stella McCartney boutiques and Damien Hirsts “Pharmacy Bar”.
They have also worked for Portsmouth Cathedral and the Royal Institution of British Architects.
Barber and Osgerby made a series of accessories for “Lunar” bathrooms, have designed a new bottle of Ipsei for the Coca-Cola company.
In 2011, the designers have become famous, thanks to their unusual rocking-chair “Tip Ton” for the “Vitra” company. The chair allows leaning forward on 9 degrees, reaching the maximum convenient position for working.
They also became famous for designing the torch for the London 2012 Olympic Games. This torch has won the Design Museum’s “Design of the Year” award in 2012.
Among their clients are: Cappellini, Established & Sons, Flos and Swarovski. The “Glove” seat for Swedese was named the best at the London “100% Design” exhibition in 2007. And in Miami them were awarded the title “the designers of the future”.
Overall, the duo has 18 awards, including 6 personal awards and 3 for the Tip-Ton chair.