6 September 2012

Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

by Patrick Baglee, New York Editor

Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber. Photograph by Linda Brownlee

Internationally acclaimed designers and inaugural POINT London speakers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their London-based studio in 1996 after graduating from The Royal College of Art. Their work encompasses furniture, lighting and product design as well as architectural-scale projects, with collections for Vitra, Swarovski, Flos and Established & Sons along with edition furniture and one-off works for both private and public commissions.

Limited edition stool created for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York in association with Pantone.

The pair each holds a Royal Designer for Industry distinction and were together awarded the prestigious Jerwood Applied Arts Prize. In 2012, Jay and Edward were recipients of Honorary degrees from Oxford Brookes and Leeds Metropolitan University respectively. They have lectured internationally and their work is held in permanent collections around the world including the V&A Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Design Museum, London; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hula Stool

A monograph The Design Work of Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby was published in 2011, shortly after the pair were appointed by LOCOG to design the London 2012 Olympic Torch. The Torch was named the Design Museum’s 2012 Design of the Year.

The 2012 London Olympic Torch

Alongside their eponymous studio, Barber and Osgerby founded Universal Design Studio in 2001, now recognised as one of the world’s most innovative creative design consultancies working in architecture, interiors and exhibition design and in 2010, they launched MAP, a strategy-based industrial design consultancy providing research, intuition, design and manufacturing insight.