5 minutes only with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby met in 1992 on the Architecture and Interiors Masters course at the Royal University of Art. They became close friends, set up their practice Barber Osgerby and made a name for themselves running the studio while learning, which didn’t go down really effectively with the tutors.


Above: ‘Loop Table’ made for Isokon

Their large break happened a couple of years right after graduation when their ‘Loop Table’ designed for Isokon was spotted by Jasper Morrison and Giulio Cappellini at 25% Style in 1997.

From extremely early on the designers split the channels of perform into 2 distinct businesses Universal Layout Studio the architecture company and Barber Osgerby authored by Edward and Jay. Final 12 months they opened MAP a analysis and Improvement Organization to appear at future engineering and tasks, which do not automatically outcome in some thing becoming manufactured but steer firms to what their long term could be.


Above: ‘Double Space for BMW’, Precision & Poetry in Movement at the V&A

Fresh from taking the London Design and style Festival by storm at the V&A with the outstanding ‘Double Space’ for BMW in the Raphael Gallery, without doubt the key highlight of the festival, Barber Osgerby are set to push boundaries further into uncharted territory when they style the fleet of Crossrail trains that will go into support from 2017 for Transport for London‘s (TfL).

I caught up with Edward and Jay for 5 minutes at the launch of their variety for Vitra at 25% Design and style:

Which University did you examine at before to the Royal College of Ar2rk?

Edward – Leeds

Jay – Ravensbourne

The place do you dwell? 

Edward – I dwell just off Westbourne Grove in West London.

Jay – I reside in Brockley, South East London.

When was your home developed?

Edward – My property was created in 1880.

Jay – In 1860.


Above:  Tobi-Ishi table for B&B Italia

What was the last item you purchased for your home? 

Edward – I did not acquire it, but the most current piece is the Tobi-Ishi table we made for B&B Italia. Also, I occurred to visit Japan a couple of weeks in the past and purchased some lovely ceramic bowls from an antique store in Tokyo created about 40 years ago. They are each day bowls utilised for cereal.

Jay – I possibly bought one thing from a junk store or flea marketplace.

Where do you get equipment this kind of as towels, tea towels and so forth.?

Edward – I usually get merchandise like that from abroad because we are always travelling. I not too long ago bought some fantastic hammam towels from South Africa by way of my girlfriend’s on-line design store.

Jay – For tea towels, towels etc. I usually purchase from John Lewis.

Do you acquire something?

Edward – Almost everything – cameras, records, all types of bowls from Burma, Vietnam, China, Italy and Africa.

Jay – I don’t seek out anything out in specific to form a collection, but I have a really eclectic collection of unusual items including all sorts of strange objects or pieces of items, manufactured in an interesting way or colour.

Is there a discipline you would like to discover?

Edward – Sculpture, as I was continually making prior to I moved into architecture and layout.

What is your favourite genre of music? 

Edward – I am so eclectic with my musical taste. I like all types. My favourite song is the a single I am listening to at the moment – Duppy Conqueror by Bob Marley and the Wailers. A truly old, but excellent song.

How do you commit the weekend?

Edward – I am constantly active. My idea of relaxation is to go for a stroll, check out parks and to search close to galleries.


Over: ‘Double Space for BMW’, Precision & Poetry in Movement at the V&A

What would you consider to be your biggest achievement?

Edward – The greatest is typically the one I have just completed, so I would say the ‘Double Room for BMW’ set up. It was this kind of a difficult and ambitious task, the V&A had been wonderful to allow us to create what we did.

Jay – Walking.

Do you have a favourite movie?

Jay – ‘The Party’ directed by Blake Edwards, starring Peter Sellers.

Edward – ‘North by Northwest’, the traditional Alfred Hitchcock thriller.


Over: 2 Penrhiw

Where would you like to go on  holiday?

Jay – Final 12 months, I went to 3 Cliffs Bay in the Gower and shortly I will be returning to Wales. I am staying at 2 Penrhiw an artists residence in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Barber Osgerby / V&A / Royal University of Art / 100% Design / Universal Style Studio / MAP / Isokon / Jasper Morrison / Giulio Cappellini / BMW / 2 Penrhiw / Transport for London / London Layout Festival / B&B Italia / John Lewis

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